A game played on Monday night in Sweden’s second hockey division is the subject of serious allegations, as one of the two teams is suspected of having deliberately lost to weaker rivals.
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Recognized as a power of the Allsvenkan, the IF club Bjorkloven had scored the first three goals of the game against the formation of Mora. The latter, however, scored eight unanswered goals, en route to a gain of 8 to 4. Shortly after the end of the duel, an investigation was opened by the security service of the Scandinavian hockey federation.
Proof of the seriousness of the matter, some betting houses have withdrawn the game from their offer to consumers. Moreover, Bjorkloven was favored at -130 before the initial face-off and the odds fell to -150 after 10 minutes of play, when he was leading 3 to 1. Also, these bookmaker organizations will have to submit. during the investigation process, especially since the number of bets on Mora seems to have increased considerably once the odds have been adjusted.
For the president and CEO of the team at the heart of this possible scandal, Anders Blomberg, it is important to quickly shed light on what happened.
“I hope that everything will be done in the right way and that we will find the necessary answers, he commented on the club’s website after discussing the case with the players and the instructors. The suspicions alone are worrying enough, but if this is true it is obviously unacceptable and something should never happen again in our association. These hockey players are trained to play with Bjorkloven and that is a far cry from the culture we advocate. ”
“I can hardly believe that there is someone from Bjorkloven having been involved in this type of activity,” added the manager who observed the lack of effort of the players on several sequences of play. we are happy with the opening of the investigation as there are now doubts and questions to be answered. ”
Future impacts in North America?
While local police will assist in the upcoming search work, the consequences for some could be dire. Individually, the goaltender who started the game for the losers was Connor Ingram, a Nashville Predators prospect who was in his last appearance before returning to North America. He conceded five goals in 14 shots and he will certainly have to answer for his actions.
As for more global issues, this case could give pause to the National Hockey League as well as the various governments in Canada and the United States saying they are ready to make their betting rules less restrictive.
“This is another way to encourage people’s participation and to make them more interested in our sport,” circuit commissioner Gary Bettman recently mentioned, as reported by Sportsnet. We believe this is an opportunity to continue to build our fan base. ”