The shadow of the mafia on sport betting worldwide

The sport is likely to die with a kick in the head from the corruption. A problem which is not only in the Italian Sport and football in particular, but is spread everywhere. The biggest problem is the illegal betting “operated” by the crime. Chinese mafia, Italian, Russian and Camorra have crept heavily in football to launder dirty money and made them “clean” after having swept through drugs, prostitution and arms trade. To achieve this we have journalists killed, players and referees threatened all of this was spoken at a conference organized by the “Gazzetta dello Sport”.

The President of Fenerbahce ended up in jail and yet the club was allowed to play in the European tournaments. A Korean player committed suicide after having succumbed to the temptation to sell the games. However, not only in Italy – this was revealed by the betting scandal – but also in Germany (Bochum event and a referee stopped), Greece (reporter threatened by armed men), Canada, India (a journalist murdered) and so on we have the same problem.

In the course of the conference “Sports Betting and Match-Fixing”, organized by AIPS President Gianni Merlo and the Gazzetta dello Sport (director Andrea Monti did the honors of the house) was made a truly shocking picture of pollution in the world of sport and that the sport is in the process of losing its identity.

On of the major problem was point as the “octopus ” in the betting world that often results in corruption: Andre Chacker, one of the vertices of the World Association of lotteries, said a proposal to establish an international anti-corruption agency (a bit as WADA for doping), but this faced strong resistances, because many countries do not want to give up their national sovereignty.

This is why the problem persist and will continue bother all true fans of sports and sports betting.

What it needs to be a good bettor

Gambling can become very dangerous. For the people who bet, for their families, for the society. How a bettor becomes “sick game”? Who is most at risk? How can you heal?

Poker face, poker face. The title of the famous song by Lady Gaga summarized in two words the aspects that could characterize a compulsive gambler. Of course this is an exaggeration, because outwardly there is no basis for distinguishing a player who has not played since, but several studies sociological, psychological and neurobiological have identified compulsive gamblers in the precise characteristics that distinguish them from those who do not play or play without dependence.

To learn more about the behaviors associated with gambling and other dependencies of the Italians, in the period 2007-08 was conducted nationwide study Ipsad ( Italian Population Survey on Alcohol and other Drugs ). It is a statistical survey (‘prevalence’) carried out through the distribution of a questionnaire to collect information on addictive behavior (addiction) in the general population.

The survey was made according to the methodological standards defined by European Observatory on Drugs and drug Addiction “EMCDDA” in Lisbon. In particular as regards the game information has been collected on the habit to play money, the intensity of the propensity to gamble on “pathological gambling” (Gap or compulsive gambling), according to the scale of the Canadian Problem Gambling Index Short Form.

What was found by this investigation showed that the player is a one-off man, between 25 and 44 years, with a high average level of education, living alone or with friends and have a job held (entrepreneur executive, etc.). They types who gamble less are housewives, pensioners and people with children or traders and freelancers.

Basically, it was found that a high socio-economic level is most associated with gambling.

However, is it possible the people with a low economic level to be more frequent problem gamblers? Well, it is hard to say.

There were also no found any significant correlations between gambling and alcohol consumption, smoking and / or drugs. In addition, the game is often associated with various types of aggressive behavior in the past and sometimes loss of money or valuables.