|Tax police have searched the headquarters of Italian soccer champions AS Roma, as part of an investigation into the promotion of online sports betting, according to a report from Europemedia.net. |
Advertising for UK-based Eurobet, one of the online betting companies under scrutiny from Italian authorities, was on display at a recent Roma match with Juventus, which has dragged the club into the probe.
Gambling on sports events is heavily restricted in Italy and the public prosecutor for Rome launched an investigation in May into websites such as Eurobet, owned by British bookmakers Coral. Eurobet is not registered with the Italian authorities, but Italian legislation is unclear on online gambling. Bookmakers in Italy have to be licensed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and register with the state.
A spokesman for Italy's tax police told Reuters they raided Roma's headquarters looking for anything that would constitute a contract between the club and the British bookmakers that outlined advertising Eurobet at the Olympic stadium – which is owned by CONI.
A Eurobet spokesperson said that since the company is licensed and run in the UK rather than Italy, it was within its legal rights to advertise at the match.