Marco Paoloni was expelled from the federation, only to be acquitted in a criminal case in 2019. He told Corriere della Sera what gambling vices are
Marco Paoloni was charged in the hanging Football betting from 2011 for pouring sleeping pills into the water bottles of his Cremona teammates during half-time in a game in order to influence the result. He was expelled from the federation, only to be acquitted in a criminal trial in 2019. Al Corriere della Sera He told us what the vice of gambling is.
COMPULSORY – «I was compulsive, I played everything: online poker, tennis, basketball, even Serie A and European Cups. But I’ve never sold myself a game!».
vice or illness – «illness disease. It had become an addiction. For me it was a question of adrenaline and freedom, but I understood that when I got out of there. I was very young, I didn’t lack anything and I felt all-powerful. On the pitch I had this performance anxiety that was pure adrenaline. Outside, I waited for the same shock, but was restricted by my ex-wife, who controlled me everywhere, even in the bathroom. When I was betting I found this feeling and it was a world for me, one click was enough, no one saw me… So it wasn’t so much a question of money. Only those who sell matches do so for this reason. The thing is, I didn’t know I had crossed the line. I ended up staying awake at night and the fun became a disease. I had become addicted to gambling».
HOW MANY BETS – «The phenomenon was very widespread. Especially among the players, but sometimes also the top management of the clubs. But for her it was different. They weren’t sick. They were just trying to make ends meet for the companies. I’m talking about my era, but I don’t think much has changed. Betting is a carousel that is practical for everyone».
WHY A FAMOUS YOUNG MAN FALLS INTO THE ABYSS – «The disease doesn’t show anyone in the face».
How much did he lose – «In three years around 600,000 euros and I got a salary of 200,000 per year. I started in Ascoli with a teammate who showed me a side, a bit like Fagioli with Tonali. I didn’t know it, but the underworld was behind it, it all started in Singapore».