Sacre bleu for BWIN!

Two co-chief executives of BWIN the Austrian gambling company with a big French user base were arrested on Friday “because of alleged violation of French gaming laws," BWin announced in a statement following the arrests.

Norbert Teufelberger and Manfred Bodner were arrested by at least ten French police officers in front of shocked sports journalists on Friday. The arrests were made at the training grounds of first division football club AS Monaco whom BWIN were to announce a shirt sponsorship deal with.

 BWIN spokeswoman Karin Klein told the Austria Press Agency on Saturday that the two men perceived the arrest as "mental and physical torture."

She warned that the company would take "vehement action against these human rights violations," and that the company had already contacted lawyers and human rights experts.

"The arrest was initiated by the French monopolist 'Francaise des Jeux' with the goal of causing fear," Klein was quoted as saying.

She added that BWIN had the intention of initiating breach of treaty proceedings against France at the European Commission.

It’s thought that if the Frencdh were to pursue this notion even further, sponsors the Toulouse Football Club, could be next on the list.

Editor, - 2006-09-18 11:56:44

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