Tackling match-fixing in Switzerland: the new duties on International Sports Federations to monitor & report suspected match manipulations

Data Systems
By Philippe Vladimir Boss, Ph. D.

In 2014, the Member States of the Council of Europe (which includes Switzerland) signed the Macolin Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Although the Convention has not yet entered into force, Switzerland has adopted a new Federal Act on Money Games (FAMG), which came into effect on 1 January 2019. The FAMG relates more broadly to betting rather than the sports industry specifically. However, it does include among other measures to tackle corruption, a criminal offence for match fixing in sports and, pursuant to Paragraph 12 of the Macolin Convention, establishes a specific duty to report any suspicion of competition manipulation.

This article examines the FAMG as it relates to the sports industry, explaining which entities are subject to it and the conditions of the reporting duty, as well as the possible destination of the reported data.

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Philippe Vladimir Boss

Philippe Vladimir Boss, Ph. D.

Partner at BianchiSchwald LLC, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Philippe’s activity focuses on white-collar crime and sports. He has a large experience in financial criminal investigations on the long run, in bribery, fraud or money-laundering matters. He also advices and assists sports federations based in Switzerland, mainly on governance and integrity issues as well as commercial litigation.

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