Strict watch to be kept on betting for Messi match

Updated: 02 September 2011 14:30 IST

A strict watch will be kept on illegal betting in the high profile match between superstar Lionel Messi-led Argentina team and a resurgent Venezuela side, a senior police official said on Friday.

Strict watch to be kept on betting for Messi match

Kolkata:

A strict watch will be kept on illegal betting in the high profile match between superstar Lionel Messi-led Argentina team and a resurgent Venezuela side, a senior police official said on Friday.


The match, being played at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan (YBK) - the world's second largest stadium by capacity - is one of the most prominent to be staged in the sub-continent. It will also end India's soccer crazy city Kolkata's wait to see the "prince of football" in action.

"We have formed a four-tier security," presidency range special IG S.N. Gupta told IANS.

"We will have plainclothes police to ensure that betting does not take place and will use our full machinery to (guard against) black marketing of tickets."

Earlier this week, two authorized ticket sellers for the match were arrested for black-marketing tickets from the counter itself.

"We can assure you that we have made all arrangements to stop betting," North 24 Parganas superintendent of police Champak Bhattacharjee said.



Topics : Football Venezuela Argentina Lionel Andres Messi Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior
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