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SBD Global/June 12, 2012/International Football

Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Sounds Alarm Over Football Betting

European football "is at high risk" from match-fixing mobsters seeking to "load the dice" in an illegal gambling business valued at $90B a year, according to Donovan & Rotondi of BLOOMBERG. Sicily Chief Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Antonio Ingroia said, "The entire football business is at a high risk of infiltration by the Mafia." Italy’s mob has pressured Italian “clubs in ticket selling and gangs have been operating in the ticket-selling black market,” which is often “tolerated by football clubs.” Ingroia: “These activities can generate tons of money, and that’s what Cosa Nostra is after." Interpol estimates the combined worldwide value of legal and illegal gambling at $500B (BLOOMBERG, 6/11).
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