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    The English Football Association (FA) has issued AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes with a 28-day ban from all football and football-related activity after he admitted to breaching its betting rules.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for pubs across England and Wales to take further action to stop under-18s from playing Category C gaming machines after a review found that 84% failed to prevent such underage gambling.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has cleared four operators of any wrongdoing over allegations that they offered betting on sporting events where the majority of participants were under the age of 18.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has claimed victory in an Administrative Court case over its decision to award a limited licence to a number of online gaming brands owned and run by Cherry AB.

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    Svenska Spel’s chief executive, Patrik Hofbauer, has given his backing to plans to introduce a ban on select betting markets in Sweden in order to help clamp down on match fixing in sport.

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    Malaysia’s Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng, has announced that punishments for both gamblers and gambling operators will increase as part of the country’s 2020 budget.

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    The Greek government has passed a series of reforms to gambling in the country, including continuing the permission of Random Number Generator (RNG) games and the lowering of the country’s licence fee from €5m (£4.4m/$5.5m) to €3m.

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    Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has expressed his support for the introduction of gambling at licenced five-star hotels.

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    Sweden’s Administrative Court has moved to reduce Casino Cosmopol’s penalty fee for breaching licence conditions related to money laundering and terrorist financing to SEK3m (£242,508/€276,959/$305,316), but the national gambling regulator could appeal against the ruling.

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    British-based operators will have to ensure they are “established in the European Economic Area” if they wish to hold a Maltese license after Brexit, the Malta Gaming Authority has reminded stakeholders.

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    Casino software and games supplier iSoftBet is to expand its services in the Malta market after securing a B2B software licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

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    Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) and tax agency la Agencia Tributaria (AEAT) have renewed their partnership and signed a new cooperation agreement.

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    Georgia’s deputy legislative counsel, D. Stuart Morelli stated that an amendment to legalise sports betting in the state may not be required, but is preferable due to the ambiguity of the current situation.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has handed fines to LeoVegas and its Royal Panda brand for offering online games of chance in the Netherlands without a gaming licence.

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    A Georgia Senate committee studying gambling has heard presentations and testimony from a series of industry stakeholders, including suggestions for a possible sports betting bill in the state.

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    More than 40% of Welsh students aged 11-16 said they gambled in the last year, though activity was predominantly centred around fruit machines and the National Lottery, according to a new study from Cardiff University.

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    Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, the online gambling operator trading as Betfred, has agreed a £322,000 (€357,588/$393,887) settlement GB Gambling Commission after it failed to carry out appropriate checks on a customer who gambled £210,000 of stolen money through its site.

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    The Irish Government has confirmed in its 2020 Budget that bookmakers in the Republic of Ireland will receive a relief of up to €50,000 from the 2% turnover tax levied on betting in the country.

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    The Kenyan government's struggles with the country's betting and gaming industry will hit mobile network operator Safaricom's revenue, with the contribution from its M-Pesa mobile payments solution set to decline, according to analysts for investment bank Genghis Capital.

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    Attendees of Svenska Spel's annual responsible gaming research day heard that player protection measures must be tailored to different age groups, and that mandatory limits are more effective than voluntary in ensuring players can gamble safely.

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