Germany tightens sports betting oversight for Euro 2024

Germany tightens sports betting oversight for Euro 2024

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Germany tightens sports betting oversight for Euro 2024

As the nation prepares for the opening of Euro 2024, Germany’s gambling regulator says it is “tightening its supervision” of the sports betting industry.

In the tournament’s opening match, the hosts take on Scotland. Several European regulators have already announced their plans to keep an eye on operator compliance and encourage players to play responsibly at all times. On the eve of Euro 2024, the GGL said that it is increasing adherence to the rules governing sports betting advertising.

GGL CEO Ronald Benter said:

“We ensure that legal sports betting providers comply with the legal requirements for the protection of players. It is therefore important to find out about the options for legal gambling before taking part in a game. At the same time, together with other institutions, we are also fighting illegal gambling offers and advertising for them in order to ensure the prevention of gambling addiction and the protection of players and young people.”

In order to take action against illegal betting providers, the nation requires a sharp legal sword, according to the federal government commissioner for addiction and drug issues.

Benter added:

“It is important that the protection of players is always closely monitored and that, if necessary, adjustments can be made to the legal offer if gaps are noticed.”

Europe as a whole, but especially Germany, are watching the regulation of gambling closely due to worries that excessive regulation may encourage the growth of the illegal market. Section 284 of the country’s Criminal Code permits the GGL to file criminal charges with the public prosecutor’s office if it suspects an illegal organization of games of chance. Benter has previously expressed his wish to prevent the government from eliminating this clause.

Ahead of Euro 2024, he has made the same request again, imploring the Ministry of Justice to implement the necessary amendment of the paragraph to cover offshore operators of illicit gambling.

The Federal Drug Commissioner Blienert affirmed:

“Anyone who offers illegal gambling from abroad in Germany must of course also expect criminal consequences in Germany. These foreign betting providers also make their profits at the expense of players here.”

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