Police on Monday launched their World Cup 2014 Gambling Prevention and Suppression Centre, aimed at the expected boom in illegal betting on the tournament that kicks off early Friday morning in Brazil.
The Maracana stadium is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Word Cup soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days, with the opening match on June 12 and Maracana stadium will host the World Cup Final match on July 13. (AP photo)
Police will focus on stopping online gambling, suspend licences of businesses that allow gambling n their premisees, and apprehending loan sharks and debt collectors involved in sports betting, deputy national police chief and head of the project Aek Angsananon said.
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