Though authorities have tried to block access to betting websites, experts say such measures are easily circumvented.
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The list of match fixing goes on to include players and club officials in addition to referees.Nahas said officials of different Lebanese sports federations had discussed the possibility of investigating players for match fixing but no concrete steps had been taken.In many instances, the player doesn't need to affect the final outcome of a game to make a profit, Nahas said.While regulated bookmakers in Europe have a reputation for detecting suspicious betting pattern, particularly if the bet is for instance made on a specific player to be carded, Nahas said players involved in match fixing could still avoid being caught by minimizing their stake and spreading the wager over several bookmakers.However, the law doesn't specifically touch on sports betting or any form of online gambling.While efforts to crack down on match fixing in Lebanon still lag behind other countries, Nahas argued that the Lebanese government ought to regulate online sports betting instead of outright banning it.
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