EHF on suspected matches: ”No legal proceedings have been initiated”

Handbollskanalen has revealed, via several independent sources, that at least four matches in the European club team tournaments have been subjected to match-fixing. The European Handball Federation confirms that they have received a report regarding the game in which the Swedish team was involved.
”As for the matches you ask about, they have all been monitored by Sportradar’s system for detecting fraud,” the EHF writes in a statement to Handbollskanalen.

A match in the men’s Champions League, a match in the men’s European League, a match in the women’s Champions League, and a match in the women’s European League – these are the matches suspected of having been subjected to match-fixing.

Handbollskanalen has been in contact with the EHF to comment on the matches, all of which have been played in their competitions. In one of the matches suspected to have been fixed, a Swedish team participated, which later reported the match to WhistleB, an organization set up to help whistleblowers.

”Regarding the matches as they are mentioned in your enquiry, they have all been monitored by Sportradar’s fraud detection system. The EHF can confirm that it has received a report via its independent reporting platform regarding the match with the Swedish team. A detailed investigation took place which was inconclusive. There are no additional reports, neither externally nor internally (i.e. from the delegate at the match). Subsequently, there are currently no legal proceedings initiated for any of the four matches you mention. Furthermore, the legal system within the EHF is independent. Therefore, the EHF is not in the position to comment on any potential case on a legal level.”

Handbollskanalen asked the EHF what they mean when they write that the investigation was inconclusive but the EHF claims that they are not allowed to comment on specific matches.

We have evidence and confirmations from several different sources that these four matches have been fixed, but according to the EHF, have they not been subjected to match-fixing?

”If there is ‘proof’, as you say, we ask for these proofs to be forwarded so that all necessary investigations, including police measures, can be initiated immediately.”

In other words, it does not appear that EHF will investigate the cheating further without additional evidence regarding the four matches that Handbollskanalen has reported on. But the EHF believes it is nonsense that they do not take the threat of match-fixing seriously.

”The EHF has a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to match-fixing. Any conclusion that this topic may not be taken seriously from the side of the EHF is wrong.”

”It goes without saying that fraud is fraud. Match-fixing is not acceptable in any sport, and on the level of the EHF competitions, it is a substantial violation of core values of the European Handball Federation, its statutes and regulations. If there is evidence, penalties and sanctions for the persons responsible for obtaining or retaining in any way undue advantages in connection with a match or a match result shall be imposed accordingly. In this regard, the EHF can analyze matches from a sportive point but is obliged to forward any potential findings to the respective authorities for further investigation and can only operate based on the investigation’s results.”

Handbollskanalen has requested an interview with EHF President Michael Wiederer, where we want to hear more about the EHF’s general view on match-fixing and the information that exists that matches within the EHF’s highest competitions have been fixed, despite the EHF’s own investigation not reaching these conclusions.

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