William Hill is demanding Herald Sun retract its story alleging William Hill has found a loophole in gambling laws to allow punters to place in-play bets online.
News Corp’s Herald Sun alleges the Australian Federal Police is examining a complaint about the bookmaker’s in-play betting service which William Hill offers via a mobile phone app that places bets using voiceover IP calls, similar to FaceTime or Skype.
According to the article, the Victorian government is “fuming” over Tennis Australia’s partnership with William Hill that that offers in-play betting on matches, which is illegal online.
The bookmaker has refuted the Herald Sun’s claim that a complaint is being examined, stating: “William Hill has received confirmation from the Australian Communications and Media Authority that they have not referred to the Australian Federal Police a complaint about William Hill’s in-play service on December 24, as referenced in the article.
“We also note that no formal investigation has been undertaken by the Australian Federal Police, let alone any determination that the service is in breach of the law.”
According to the Herald Sun story, if prosecuted and found guilty William Hill could be fined up to $1.2 million for each day, since April 20, it has offered the service.
News Corp has been approached for comment.
UPDATE January 22 8.25am:
The Herald Sun is standing by its article, asserting the Australian Federal Police confirmed the complaint against William Hill in a statement.
“In our report, the Herald Sun has therefore correctly reported the police are examining the issue,” a News Corp spokesperson said.
“The Herald Sun also spoke to several senior state government officials and MPs who raised serious concerns, both over the sponsorship deal
and the legality of in-play betting online.”