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Monti Says He at Times Wishes Italian Soccer Would Be Banned

May 29, 2012

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti. Photographer: Ed Jones/Pool via Bloomberg

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti. Photographer: Ed Jones/Pool via Bloomberg

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said he sometimes wishes that the country’s soccer league would be banned for two to three years because of repeated cases of corruption and match fixing.

Monti said today at a press conference in Rome that suspending soccer was not the position of his government and that he was “deeply saddened” by the latest case alleging match fixing by top players and coaches.

Prosecutors yesterday ordered the arrest of 19 people in a probe of match fixing. Monti said that allegations show that all corruption in Italy isn’t confined to politics as many Italians seem to believe.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lorenzo Totaro in Rome at ltotaro@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Davis at abdavis@bloomberg.net


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