Italian Organized Crime Gang Tried To Purchase Lazio
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The Mafia Makes An Offer That The Italian Serie-A League Can Barely Refuse

7/22/08 in Soccer   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


Some people wonder why I hate Italian soccer so much. Well, if you took away the massive corruption, blatant diving, and viciously racist (and occasionally fascist) fans, I'd really have no problem with it. You know, except that it's still soccer.

Anyway, after today's little episode, let's just say Italian soccer still has a long way to go before it gets on my good side.

That's because in Rome this afternoon Italian police served 10 warrants on individuals (only 7 of whom were found) for their parts in trying to market-rig a bid to buy famed Italian Serie-A team Lazio. Or at least that's what people originally thought.

However, the arrest warrants wound up revealing that the market rigging had actually involved a little more than just, uh, market-rigging. It also involved using funds gained from violence and intimidation. That would be violence and intimidation provided by the Casalesi clan of the Camorra - also known as the Naples-based version of the Mafia.

So, paisano, if you want to piece all of that together, it means that the Naples Mafia was attempting to buy Lazio through an independent third party.

An Italian soccer team owned by the Mafia? Frankly, I thought the whole league was owned by the Mafia, but I'm a bit jaded.

Anyhow, for those of you interested, one of the people they tried to serve an arrest warrant on is former Lazio player and team president Giorgio Chinaglia. Chinaglia played on the New York Cosmos in the 1970s with Pele in the defunct North American Soccer League - probably the one time soccer was ever somewhat popular in this country.

In fact, in 2006 Lazio president Claudio Lotito was given police protection after receiving threats from 'ultra' fans who were allegedly trying to intimidate him into selling the team to the consortium led by Chinaglia. No word if a horse's head was left in Lotito's bed.

But anyway, Chinaglia was knee deep in it with the Mafia. And he's reportedly hiding out in the US. Although, as I've been informed, he has a Sirius radio show called The Football Show. So yeah, I guess hiding out may not be the best term to use.

By the way, way to work on those extradition papers, Italian police.

Anyway, glad to see the Italian soccer league managed to prevent this from happening. Now all they need to do is fix crap like this and maybe I'll speak kinder of it.

Nah.

Organized crime gang tried to buy Lazio [SoccerNet]
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7/23/08   |   primo   |   1 respect

Us Italians have nothing better to do nowadays since The Sopranos went off the air.

7/23/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Variant wrote:
Faggettaboutit....

Whaddayatalkinaboud...

7/23/08   |   Variant   |   1 respect

Faggettaboutit....

7/22/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Ryan wrote:
You suckered me in with Organized Crime.  You lost me at soccer.  Sorry....
(Edited by Jubanator14)

Never go against the Italian Soccer league family...

7/22/08   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

You suckered me in with Organized Crime.  You lost me at soccer.  Sorry....

7/22/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Fixed. And with a swipe at the Italian policia.

Gracie.

No thank you, you the one doing the hard work.

7/22/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Boski93 wrote:

Well they are not looking very hard for Chinaglia since he works for Sirius Radio. The guy has a regular program on there. What does Interpol or the FBI need the number?

 

That is redonkulously ridiculous. Nice league you have there Italy. Hey President Mugabe called, and asked if you could tone down the tomfoolery.

Fixed. And with a swipe at the Italian policia.

Gracie.

7/22/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Well they are not looking very hard for Chinaglia since he works for Sirius Radio. The guy has a regular program on there. What does Interpol or the FBI need the number?

 

That is redonkulously ridiculous. Nice league you have there Italy. Hey President Mugabe called, and asked if you could tone down the tomfoolery.

7/22/08   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

They should have made them an offer they couldn't refuse!