Sports betting scammers threaten amateur athletes

The Corona crisis has brought the world of sports betting to a virtual standstill. But here, too, necessity is the mother of invention: some providers have included amateur kicks in their portfolios alongside the Belarusian soccer league, which is the only first-class league still playing in Europe. And this has had unexpected consequences. Bookmakers of the cricket betting apps for real cash made loud predictions.

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In Sweden, for example, test matches are currently still being played in lower classes. And these are also attracting the shadow world. According to research by the daily newspapers Verdens Gang (Norway) and Politiken (Denmark), many games are suspected of being manipulated, and some matches have already been canceled as a result.

"Sweden is a disaster. They slid without warning into a nightmare of organized crime, corruption and match fixing," said renowned expert Declan Hill.

For example, the clash between sixth division clubs Enhörna IF and Södertälje FF had to be canceled at short notice.

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"I had received information from various clubs that the match was to be postponed," said Enhörna boss Mikael Alfredsson.

Another club boss reported death threats. To avoid similar problems, amateur sports cannot be bet on at numerous betting companies. Many are sticking to this rule even in this difficult situation.