What if the mafia had bought Lazio?
The silly season has been packed with strange stories, none more so than the mafia trying to buy Lazio.
Italian authorities believe a bid by a consortium in 2006 was actually a front for the Casalesi, an organised crime gang within the Camorra – the Naples version of the mafia.
Corruption and scandal have been rife in the Italian game, as proved by the 2006 match-fixing affair and fresh allegations from last season, but nothing could have matched a Serie A club being secretly controlled by the mafia.
One can only wonder what would have happened if their audacious bid had been successful. Would they have made sure Lazio won every game? What would have happened to the coach if they failed?
One thing is sure…the players’ suits would have been extra smart at the cup final.
PHOTO: Lazio supporters cheer for their team during a Serie A match against AS Roma in Rome. March 19 REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi