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Intralot issues denial after Italian press reports

TAGs: Italy, match-fixing

intralot italia denialIntralot Italia has released a statement regarding the arrest of two men over the weekend. The firm issued the words earlier today after newspaper reports that a current and former employee were linked to an investigation into match fixing.

Part of the statement read, “Intralot Italia has immediately applied all the internal procedures in compliance with the regulation, in order to verify any possible unlawful behavior and reserves its rights to take any legal actions in order to protect its interests and reputation.”

They also allude to the prosecutor’s statement, which read, “INTRALOT is out of any investigation or suspicion”. Intralot also added that, “As pointed out by the Public Prosecutor’s office of Naples, with which the company collaborates from the very beginning of the investigation procedure, the allegations against the current and former employees (for events occurred in 2008) are not connected with match fixing, as it was erroneously communicated yesterday by part of the Press”

We contacted Intralot to find out the names of the two men involved in the trial but at the time of publication, no one had managed to get back to us.

Italy’s latest match-fixing scandal threatens to tear apart the country’s national sport as badly as the 2006 case did. Top flight matches have again been included on a list of around 150 sporting events that are under investigation by police in Naples. Police have so far arrested eight people in connection with illicit betting rackets operated by the mafia nationwide.

The latest reports come after Italy’s Interior Ministry set up the investigation back in June. One club, Atalanta, has already had six points deducted and captain Cristiano Doni suspended from the sport for a total of three-and-a-half years. So far no one has been formally charged under this investigation

The Calciopoli scandal in 2006 involved influencing referees with on of the country’s largest clubs, Juventus, relegated and stripped of two Serie A championships.

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