German soccer league support tougher stance on betting fraud, game manipulation

Mar 11, 2017 6:00 AM

The German League and that country’s national soccer federation say they stand behind new tougher sanctions for individuals convicted of betting fraud and game manipulation.

The German Parliament recently passed a bill to close a loophole that hampered the fraud prosecutions for sports betting. The stricter law enforcement is expected to begin later this month.

League president Reinhard Rauball said “the law is an essential building block for the integrity of sport.”

Now, athletes, coaches and referees will be subjected to up to three years in prison for betting misdemeanors, with a five-year imprisonment possible for more serious infringements.

Federation president Reinhard Grindel said the “manipulation of games, along with doping, is one of the biggest threats for the ethical and moral values in sport” and the new law is “the only way to confront” it.