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FIFA and Gianni Infantino welcome Swiss Federal Criminal Court decision to recuse extraordinary Federal Prosecutor

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The FCC emphatically declared that the bias of Mr Keller could not guarantee a fair process

FIFA and FIFA President Gianni Infantino welcome the decision of the Swiss Federal Criminal Court (FCC) to remove Stefan Keller from his position as extraordinary Federal Prosecutor.

The FCC emphatically declared that the bias of Mr Keller, as demonstrated by his various media releases, repeated procedural errors, and consistent denial of rights, could not guarantee a fair process.

In particular, the FCC stated that by attempting to look into matters that had nothing to do with his mandate and then publicly raising his own personal suspicions about them without any objective justification, Mr Keller had clearly violated the presumption of innocence and damaged the standing of the FIFA President, contrary to his personal rights protected under the law.

The FCC underlined that for a public prosecutor to communicate distorting, injurious, misleading and factually incorrect information, as well as mere polemics and propaganda, is plainly inadmissible.

The FCC further noted that every party has the right to have his or her case decided by an impartial, unbiased and unprejudiced judge, acting in accordance with the principles of fairness and good faith. Given his pattern of conduct, in particular with regard to his various media communications, Mr Keller did not satisfy even these most basic of legal standards.

Taken as a whole, the impression was created that Mr Keller was preoccupied with casting himself in a positive light and engaged in one-sided reporting to the detriment of the FIFA President. The FCC found that, contrary to Mr Keller’s claims, this had nothing to do with objective communication that might have been justified in the public interest.

It was against this background that Mr Keller was removed from his position and ordered to pay the sum of CHF 5,000 to the FIFA President, to cover the costs of the proceedings.

As previously and consistently communicated, both FIFA and the FIFA President are fully available to cooperate with the authorities, whether that concerns meetings that the FIFA President had with the former Attorney General of Switzerland, or anything else.

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Push Gaming welcomes new Head of Legal

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B2B gaming supplier Push Gaming is complementing its recent impressive regulated market growth with the hiring of Denisa Assefova as its new Head of Legal to oversee Push Gaming’s legal matters and support the company’s further expansion.

A graduate of the Charles University of Prague and the University of Oslo, Denisa brings with her key industry experience having served as the Head of Legal Affairs at the Betsson Group on the back of over a decade of practising law with a number of international firms.

Her skills in the fields of iGaming, IP, Licensing & E-Commerce and Contract Law will be instrumental in supporting Push’s commercial expansion in an industry where regulated markets continue to evolve and diversify.

The appointment matches Push’s ambition as it continues to enter new markets and expand its global footprint, thanks to its entertainment-first portfolio of quality titles such as recent smash-hit Jammin’ Jars 2Mount Magmas Jackpots, and the upcoming Fat Drac.

Donna Kelly, Director of HR at Push Gaming said: “With great success and rapid global expansion brings the requirement for the right people to manage and cultivate the talent and drive we already have and Denisa brings that in spades.

“It’s of vital importance to us as a company that we adhere to the strict and necessary regulations that are active in all markets we operate in and we’re confident that she will excel in her new role. Welcome to Push Gaming, Denisa!”

Denisa Assefova, Head of Legal at Push Gaming said: “Push Gaming is a great company with fantastic and talented people who are creating remarkable products. I am excited to join Push Gaming at a time of its rapid expansion and look forward to supporting the company in achieving its goals”

Marking its tenth anniversary last October, Push Gaming is building on the growth momentum gained from 2020’s acquisition of an MGA and UKGC-licensed platform and furthering its expansion ambitions across Europe with several new market entries prepared for the coming months.

Established as one of the industry’s most entertaining suppliers, Push Gaming’s content includes the award winning Dinopolis and Jammin’ Jars 2, which are live in the lobbies of leading operators such as Casumo, LeoVegas, Entain, The Rank Group and Norsk Tipping.

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Spelinspektionen Suspends Licences of Vivaro and Fair Play Bets

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Swedish Gambling Authority Spelinspektionen has suspended the licences of Vivaro and Fair Play Bets. Vivaro has lost both its online gaming and betting licences, while Fair Play Bets only saw its online gaming licence taken back.

In a statement published on its website, the Swedish Gambling Authority defended its decision by claiming the operators had not begun either activity for which the licences were intended within one year of them coming into force.

Vivaro was granted its licences to provide online commercial gaming and online betting on 3 June 2020, while Fair Play Bets saw its licence awarded almost one month later on July 1.

These licences required both parties to undertake activities related to online gambling, however, Vivaro reported sales amounting to zero Swedish krona from June 2020 to May 2021, while Fair Play similarly reported no sales between July 2020 and June 2021.

This triggered two separate reviews from the regulator, with Vivaro’s beginning on 13 July 2021 and Fair Play’s on August 13.

In its defence, Vivaro stated the Covid-19 pandemic and in particular its effect on the company’s staff in Armenia as reasons for its failure to begin the relevant business operations.

In addition, the company continued, the war with Azerbaijan resulted in over 50 of its employees being sent away to fight. Vivaro also added that for a heavily regulated jurisdiction like Sweden, it is important to spend extra time preparing for launch.

Fair Play’s reasoning differed slightly, stating instead that no gaming operations have been initiated due to a corporate restructuring which required a temporary reduction in costs and labour.

However, neither argument was enough to sway the Swedish gambling watchdog who went ahead with its original decision to revoke both operators’ licences.

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Red Rake Gaming obtains its Romanian License

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Premium casino content developer Red Rake Gaming is delighted to announce its latest regulated market license for Romania.

The company has been granted a Class II license by the Romanian regulator (ONJN) allowing it to work directly with the country’s regulated operators. Red Rake Gaming made the move due to the demand from its partners in response to the player demand for Red Rake’s top performing game content within the market.

A selection of Red Rake’s top performing games will be made available to Romania licensed operators, including its record breaking Super 15 Stars – the non-stop, action-packed slot which combines feature games and bonus rounds from all its predecessors in the Super series of games and the new game of this series, Super 20 Stars. Additional titles from Red Rake’s diverse portfolio includes Alchemy Ways- giving players a million ways to win, Max Dangerous and the Lost Relics, Tommy Gun’s Vendetta and Flamingo Paradise.  All of which continue to be top performing titles across Red Rake’s network.

Red Rake Gaming plans to launch a wider selection of content in the Romanian market throughout the 2021 period.

Continuous delivery and expansion into regulated markets is at the heart of Red Rake Gaming’s growth strategy. Their latest market entry represents yet another opportunity for the company to further its reach in Romania and follows on from recent market entry in Greece.

Nick Barr, Managing Director for Red Rake Malta, commented: “We are thrilled to have obtained our Class II Romanian license. This recent acquisition is driven by our commitment to our clients to continue to deliver our top performing content to the Romanian players which has always proved to be very popular. The Red Rake Gaming content resonates well with players delivering classic looking slots packed with strong feature and bonus games.”

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