Tuesday May 19 2015
Tavecchio: ‘We’re not police’

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio declared ‘we’re not police’ as a match-fixing scandal hits Serie D and Lega Pro.

More than 50 people were arrested by prosecutors in Catanzaro, with charges including criminal association and sporting fraud, with some linked to mafia organisations.

One was linked to the notorious Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, considered to be the most powerful crime organisation in the world.

Clubs involved include Pro Patria, Barletta, Brindisi, L’Aquila, Neapolis Mugnano, Torres, Vigor-Lamezia, Santarcangelo, Sorrento, Montalto, Puteolana, Akragas and San Severo.

“This kind of betting is a crime, I’ve often said this in the past,” Tavecchio told Sky.

“When we’ve reached a stage where a bet is not considered a criminal offence then everyone has to take responsibility.

“When Serie D was expanded, I said - although I was not consulted - that it was a serious mistake, and we’re seeing the results of that now.

“Football is one of the things in this country which does not need these kinds of scandals.

“We want to protect the system, but we don’t have the means to do it, we’re not police.”

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