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Fair play? Not so much: Corruption in the Italian football

Di Ronco, Anna and Lavorgna, Anita (2015) 'Fair play? Not so much: Corruption in the Italian football.' Trends in Organized Crime, 18 (3). 176 - 195. ISSN 1084-4791

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Not only football is one of the world's most popular sports, but it is also a multi-billion euro global business. Due to its large turnover, football may offer the stage for the commission of a wide variety of misconducts and corrupt activities. Progressively over the last decade, Italian football has severely suffered from a number of corruptive malpractices, in some cases also perpetrated with the aid of organised crime groups. A number of scandals have been put under the spotlight of public opinion, such as the ones of Calciopoli (“City of Football”) and of Calcio scommesse (“Football Bets”). In all, the search for profit seemed to have pushed the game into the background, and from the law enforcement investigations a widespread culture of illegality has emerged. Despite attracting a great deal of media attention and public demise, corrupt practices perpetrated within or through football organisations have seldom been analysed by scholars against the backdrop of relevant criminological perspectives. By drawing on documentary sources (judicial files and media news), this paper shall (1) categorise and describe different modalities and patterns of corrupt deals in the Italian football; (2) examine the findings through relevant criminological theories; and (3) identify systemic opportunities for corruption.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corruption, Organised crime, Italian football, Subcultures, Systemic opportunities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Di Ronco
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 16:35
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 16:15

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