Well-known betting sector company Sportradar have denied any involvement in an Italian criminal investigation.
In a statement issued on Friday, the firm said that they had no link to the ongoing Galassia investigation, in response to a report on an Italian business site.
The article on Business Insider Italia alleged that Sportradar was involved in handling illicit funds associated with a criminal association, but the firm refutes the charge.
In their statement, Sportradar say that many of the statements in the article were untrue and defamatory and that they have always abided by all relevant laws and regulations.
Stating that they have never been involved in any alleged illegal activities, they also point out their involvement in working with the authorities to help fight against crime and corruption:
“Sportradar provides services to hundreds of sporting authorities both in Italy and globally, and actively supports and works alongside local and international police and law enforcement authorities in their fight against corruption and crime.”
The statement goes on to say that the firm may be taking legal action to protect its reputation, saying that they take the allegations seriously, but that they would not be making any further comment at this time.
Misdirection of funds
The Galassia case concerns the activities of Malta and Italian based gambling firms and the misuse of funds by crime gangs. It was the result of months of work by Italian police and has so far led to scores of arrests and charges.
But it has also provided ammunition for Italian politicians who are keen to crack down on the gambling sector in Italy. The Italian government has recently brought in new proposed rules for the gambling industry, in addition to the complete ban on advertising during sporting events that was brought in at the start of the year.