May 29, 2008

Sportingbet employees arrested in Turkey

A “number of detentions” have been reported by Sportingbet in relation to its Turkish business Superbahis.

In a release put out this morning, the company said: “In particular, the board is aware that individuals related to Maslin Properties Limited, the group’s ex-marketing partner in the region, along with a number of their associates have been detained.”

Sportingbet added that the detainees include two UK-based Sportingbet employees, who have been on holiday in the country, and are Turkish nationals. Chief executive Andy McIver has recently said that Turkey was still an important market for the company, though it presented some “payments processing issues”.

Sportingbet said that there has been “no formal clarification” of the arrests.

The company’s share price has dipped 1.5p to 37.5p.

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