Corruption of sports federations and betting-related match-fixing are not crimes in Switzerland
According to current Swiss legislation, an executive of a sport organisation based in Switzerland can accept bribes in a bidding process without breaking any laws. Furthermore, a recent criminal court case showed that football players and referees in Switzerland can engage in betting-related match-fixing without committing a crime. The Swiss government now intends to close these loopholes.
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- Tags: Anti-Corruption | Criminal Law | Gambling | International Sports Federations | Match-Fixing | Swiss Federal Tribunal | Switzerland
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About the Author
Roy is an attorney-at-law, at Probst Partner AG, Zurich, Switzerland. He specialises in litigation and arbitration relating to sports law e.g. disciplinary and ethical matters (challenging sanctions), transfer disputes, training compensation, eligibility issues, TV rights, doping, match fixing, players/agents contracts. He regularly represents clubs, federations, players and coaches before the judicial bodies of FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He also has expertise in employment, intellectual property and media law.