• Over 1000 in Free Bets
    Best Free Football Bets! Take advantage of these amazing promotions while it lasts. Now you can bet with the finest bookmakers and get the best deal on the Net. [+]
  • Live Streaming Football Watch free live streaming football, horse racing, tennis, volleyball etc. as a customer of Bet365. Bet In-Play available while watching your favourite sports. [+]

Buffon payments under investigation

The Guardia di Finanza has revealed that payments made by Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon to a bookmaker are being investigated.

According to a document released by Italy’s financial law enforcement agency, the Juventus goalkeeper made out 14 cheques to a Parma-based tobacconist, which also serves as a betting shop, over a nine-month spell.

The report claimed that Buffon handed over approximately 1.5 million euros to the owner.

While gambling on sporting events is legal, Buffon, as a member of the Italian Football Federation, is forbidden from placing wagers on any games sanctioned by the FIGC, FIFA or UEFA.

However, it is not yet known whether any of the money was for gambling purposes, or if indeed the former Parma player’s alleged bets were placed upon other sports, which he is entitled to do.

The Azzurri star’s lawyer has stated that the cheques were merely ‘transfers designed to protect Buffon’s personal assets’.

The Guardia di Finanza investigation, which is being carried out by the Turin Prosecutor, is not related to the Cremona-led enquiry into match-fixing that earlier this week resulted in Italy left-back Domenico Criscito having his room searched by police.

The news, though, comes in the wake of Buffon’s criticism of the Italian press for what he believed was sensationalist coverage of the Scommessopoli scandal.

Thu 31 May, 2012
RSS Feed

Last 5 posts by SoccerNews

Buy Soccer Tickets Largest selection of premium soccer tickets for the Premier League, MLS, La Liga, Serie A, European Cups, World Cup etc. Click Here

Add your comment