The Body in charge of football in Paraguay has asked for a cessation of betting on football matches after a revelation stating that a team owner has a deep relationship with local operator Aposta.la.
This past week, the Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol’s (APF) executive council unanimously voted to stop the use of its brand and trademark by the operator. The APT is even ready to go to court to have this prohibition enforced.
Carlos Sosa Jovellanos, vice president of AFP, stated that the two teams in division one, Olimpia and Cerro Porteno, who have deals with Aposta.la, should resolve this relationship with immediate effect.
The APF rush into action follows an investigative report into the Marco Trovato, the president of Olimpia, who is also the current owner of Fastpay, a payment processor for Aposta.la.
The firm Aposta.la is under the management of Daruma Sam S.A, the same firm accused of being favored in a controversial tender process that saw it awarded a five-year monopoly.
The APF works with FIFA closely, and one of FIFA’s codes of conduct states that no team owner is allowed to own, have an interest in or support gambling firms.
Due to Trovato’s link to Apota.la, about 10 of the 12 football club owners under AFP’s division one petitioned for an investigation into all tournaments to root out any misdemeanors over the past year.
As it stands, Trovato’s response has been nothing else other than a few tweets quoting bible verses and an occasional accusatory finger at other team owners seemingly implying that they should be investigated as well.