|After being released $288,000 bail and told that he is under investigation, Petter Nylander, Chief Executive Officer for Sweden’s Unibet, has criticised French law and the actions of Francaise Des Jeux and PMU.|
The Swede was released following an evening appearance before a French judge on illegal gambling and advertising charges that saw him detained at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport by Dutch police serving a European arrest warrant.
Speaking from his home in London, Nylander called for an end to France’s gaming monopoly and called the laws he is alleged to have broke ‘obsolete’. He said that the case against him and Unibet was ‘harassment’ and indicative of anti-competitive protectionism on the part of France's State-owned gambling firms.
'The laws that are used against me in France are from 1836 and 1891, before the European Union was created, before the Internet was created,' said Nylander.
'Those national laws are obsolete. In the last 20 years we've seen several European monopolies being transformed from strict tough state monopolies to open competition. You can take the airline industry, the broadcast industry, telecom sector, to the benefit of the European consumers. This is just another monopoly going down, painfully.
'However, I'm not aware of a monopoly going down throwing competitors into prison. We need to stop this harassment of companies. We need to create a modern form of a gaming industry, to find a way for responsible companies like Unibet and others to work and be non - discriminated compared to state companies in Europe.'