Illegal betting by Premier League footballers in Italy — what lesson is yet to be learned?

Juventus F.C. midfielder Nicolò Fagioli and UK Premier League players Sandro Tonali (Newcastle) and Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa) are implicated in a criminal investigation over illegal betting activities by the Italian Public Prosecutor in Turin which is supported by the anti-mafia & organised crime Police. Italian media reported that betting activities under investigation would have … Read more

Fixed-odds betting regulation enhanced to international standards

The long-awaited Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance’s decree, enhancing the fixed-odds betting regulation to international standards, has finally been published in the Official Journal and will now enter into force on October 28, 2022. The new Ministerial decree regulates fixed-odds betting on sporting and non-sporting events — excluding, however, horse racing — providing for … Read more

UNODC – Global Report on Sports Crimes

The United Nations – Office on Drugs and Crime has published on its website the first Global Report on Corruption in Sport in order to reveal the staggering scale, manifestation, and complexity of corruption and criminal networks in sport at international and national levels. Specifically, Section 9 of the Global Report evaluates illegal betting in … Read more

Italian regulator losing legal battles against remote gambling operators

These are definitely hard times for Italy’s Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM), the gambling regulator. In recent past, the Administrative Court of Lazio has published a number of rulings, all in favour of the remote gambling licensees’ appeals, challenging the ADM’s position. The first legal battle worth mentioning is the one that confirmed an extension … Read more

Italy – Administrative Court Accepts Betfair Appeal

On April 14, 2021, the Administrative Court of Rome accepted the appeal of Betfair (Betfair Italia s.r.l.), thus voiding the part of the challenged Italian gambling Regulator’s notice that refers to betting exchange additional taxation, in order for the latter to issue a new notice that clarifies the grounds and preliminary information for the tax … Read more

Italy – Taxation on betting collection is nothing more than a display-of-wealth tax on bettors

During the first COVID-19 emergency period in Italy early in 2020, the Italian government introduced an additional 0.5% tax on sports and horse betting collection, as well as virtual betting and betting exchange, in order for the state to finance a fund dedicated to sports (notably: sports actors, sports amateur clubs and sports-competition organisers) – … Read more

Italy: the COVID-19 sports tax on betting

Last May, a Law Decree was introduced by the Italian government for COVID-19 emergency measures to sustain economic and financial activities. The “Relaunch” by Parliament in July confirmed its entry into force in May. Against all odds, this Law Decree introduced an additional tax to help sustain sports after the two-month closure for the health-emergency … Read more


On 18 July 2020, the Law no. 77/2020  converting with amendments the “Relaunch” Law Decree no. 34/2020 on Covid-19 emergency economic and financial measures to sustain economic activities relaunch was published on the Official Journal, assuming the necessary legal value and becoming law with subsequent enforceability erga omnes. The converted Law Decree includes an additional taxation on … Read more