The football governing body in Paraguay is demanding a stop to gambling on its matches after a recent revelation showed that a team owner was involved with Aposta.la operator.
This week, the executive governing body Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol (APF) voted to prevent use of its brands and trademarks by the Aposta.la. The Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol is also preparing to address the issue in court to have the Judge enforce ownership of what the body considers as its intellectual property rights.
Juan Alberto Acosta, president of the Guarani team, is quoted as saying that the APF is likely to take legal action if the bookmaker does not comply with its request.
The Vice president of the same body, one Carlos Sosa Jovellanos, also stated that teams in the first division – Olimpia and Cerro Porteno – that have sponsorship arrangements with the Aposta.la need to resolve their difference ASAP.
The APF’s ostensibly hurried move comes after an investigative report was posted involving President Marco Trovato, who is the owner of Fastpay.
Aposta.la, which is operated by Daruma Sam S.A, the same firm that was awarded a controversial 5-year betting monopoly despite numerous protests from bookmakers stating that the government and the country’s gambling regulator had rigged the tendering process to favor Daruma Sam.
The APF forms part of FIFA. The code of conduct developed by FIFA prohibits members from having any form of interest, direct or indirect, in companies, entities, or organizations that broker, promote, conduct or arrange gambling, betting or lotteries connected with competitions and football events.
Given his connection to Aposta.la, Trovato is in hot soup considering that presidents of about 10 of 12 clubs have signed petitions demanding investigations to be conducted into all the tournaments over the last two years to pinpoint the activities that have a possible connection to football infractions.
The only action from Trovato’s end is a few cryptic bible posts on his twitter page while also taking a swipe at other Club owners. He seemed to be suggesting that they should be investigated for potential match-fixing.