Eredivisie players earn money for their matches in cryptocurrency gambling

Top footballers gamble on tens of thousands of euros online at the cryptographic football site Sorare. KNVB doesn’t mind that players bet money on their matches through NFTs. “Our disciplinary law says nothing about NFTs,” the union tells BNR when asked.

The website allows players to trade in digital football images of players, sometimes worth more than a million euros. The value of the tokens increases if the player does well. Although the site considers itself a destination for fantasy football, the company has already received a warning from the UK government about its alleged presence in the unlicensed gambling market. The Dutch gambling authority is also critical of Sorare, a spokesman told BNR.

Ajax players Dusan Tadic, Noussair Mazraoui, Davy Klaassen and Daley Blind celebrate Ajax - Heracles 1: 0.
Ajax players Dusan Tadic, Noussair Mazraoui, Davy Klaassen and Daley Blind celebrate Ajax – Heracles 1: 0.Maurice van Steen

Despite this dubious reputation, the Dutch football world is immersed in the game with great enthusiasm. Players like Daley Blind, Davy Klaassen, Kenneth Taylor, Calvin Stengs and Sébastien Haller have tens of thousands of euros worth of football cards. Eredivisie also announced last month that it has signed a profitable sponsorship agreement with a French company.

The trading of Ajax players is closely monitored on Twitter. A player like Blind sold tickets to goalkeeper André Onana ahead of this weekend’s cup final. He also bought Maarten Stekelenburg NFT with Ajax player Klaassen. This led to speculation that the players were trading in Sunday’s lineup inside.

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Screenshot of Davy Klaassen, who bought Sorek in Stekelenburg
Screenshot of Davy Klaassen, who bought Sorek in Stekelenburg

Eredivisie participates in a gambling site

Sorare was founded in Paris in 2018 and has quickly become a huge success. The platform has attracted hundreds of millions of venture capital and is estimated to be worth more than $ 4 billion. The football cards offered by the company are linked to NFTs, and those wishing to trade on the platform must exchange their euros for the cryptocurrency Ethereum. This can easily be done by credit card or bank transfer.

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The increase in the value of Stekelenburg tickets is shown
The increase in the value of Stekelenburg tickets is shown

The KNVB has strict rules on gambling. “In order to protect the integrity of football, it is forbidden to bet money on the outcome, progress and / or progress of a competition with a player,” the disciplinary committee said. Last year, the AZ player was banned from playing two games because he had bet money on his own games.

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Daley Blind, who bought Sorek from Stekelenburg
Daley Blind, who bought Sorek from Stekelenburg

However, the KNVB states that the rules do not apply because players exchange their euros at the gate for a crypt. As a result, Ajax player Daley Blind may have several Ajax player NFTs, including his own card. Cards that become more valuable when he and his colleagues play well. However, as his own disciplinary law lags behind, the association cannot intervene. “We are following these developments closely,” a spokesman said. “Nothing has yet been added to the KNVB’s disciplinary law on trading in NFTs (with or without insider knowledge).”

The Gambling Authority has informed BNR that the company may be investigated. The Gambling Authority announced that the growing trade in sports-related NFTs is on our radar.

Reaction KNVB

The KNVB is closely monitoring such developments. Of course, we will look closely at this new phenomenon in the next period. At present, the KNVB Disciplinary Act does not contain anything on trading in NFTs (with or without insider knowledge).

Regarding gambling in general: Gambling of players, coaches and officials in their games is strictly prohibited. KNVB stands for football you can count on. We fight for a transparent, sincere and fair football landscape. The integrity of our competitions is our greatest asset. We are not naive and we also see what is happening around the world and in sport. That is why we are fully committed to keeping football clean through preventive and repressive measures, such as accountability, a ban on gambling and information.

Ajax player Kenneth Taylor also bought Stekelenburg when he became known to be the goalkeeper in the cup final.
Ajax player Kenneth Taylor also bought Stekelenburg when he became known to be the goalkeeper in the cup final.

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