Officials Close Track In Sicily Because Of Organized Crime Influence

Police in Palermo in the southern Italy region of Sicily have shut down racing at the city’s main racetrack because of organized crime interference, including alleged fixing of races.

The move follows the arrest earlier this month of 25 individuals believed to have Cosa Nostra connections, according to a report in The Guardian.

“We are in the presence of a system of conditioning and mafia infiltration,” said Antonella De Miro, head of the Palermo prefecture. The racetrack, known as Hipodromo la Favorita, can hold up to 15,000 and has stabling for 400 horses. It now sits empty until further notice, The Guardian reports.

Organized crime also controls illegal street racing in Palermo, according to a 2015 article at Time.com. That racing, which animal rights groups said it is inhumane, features horses running over city streets at dawn, often chased by motorcycles. Police have confiscated 1,275 horses racing illegally in Palermo since 1998, according to a published report.

Read more at The Guardian

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