Sebastien Fassel, general manager of Paris Saint-Germain Asia Pacific, was delighted with this. “We are convinced, He said, Yabo Sports will be the ideal partner for the club, and together we will be able to reach more fans and engage even more with this growing base in Asia. This is a strategic partnership for the club, demonstrating our growing commitment to the region following the launch of our APAC office, our successful Asian tours in 2018 and 2019, the signing of key partnerships as well as the opening of our stores. South Korea. “
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The Yabo Sports logo and ideograms no longer appear on Parc des Princes billboards. As for sites that betting company customers were once directed to, do we go there, including using a VPN, where we only run into dead ends or error messages.
Yabo Sports vanished like the morning mist, and not just from the Parisian landscape, for that matter. What applies to Paris Saint-Germain is also true of ASM, its first assistant in the first division, Bayern Munich, which nevertheless organized a “signing ceremony” for the contract between the club and its “official partner in Asia for Paris” in November 2019 (in which Lothar Matthaus was present). ), or Manchester United, who summoned their legends Brian Robson, Andy Cole and Wes Brown to a similar event in Manchester a month later. Yabu Sports may not have existed at all. So what happened to make the most prominent Asian bookmaker in world football disappear in this way?
Chinese authorities against Yabo
To understand why, we must first remember that the law prohibits betting on football matches in the target countries of Yabo Sports and its competitors from the Far East, including Layu.com, W88, FUN88, SBOTOP and dozens or hundreds more. These digital platforms circumvent the laws in force in their countries by obtaining a license in more welcoming regions, with a particular preference for the Philippines, where Yabo Sports has been approved by the relevant authorities since 2015, apparently.
The servers of bookmakers are also moved, while potential customers located in China are alerted to their presence by advertising on T-shirts and light panels of clubs and stadiums, mostly Europeans, with whom they have entered. Partnership agreements. That is why Yabo Sports has spent tens of millions collaborating with PSG, ASM, MUFC, Bayern and all the others: to express themselves, and to introduce themselves to their clients in the Far East, and not to the French, British or German audience, where their activity was and will not exist.
He learned that Yabo Sports employed a network of 80,000 (!) agents responsible for recruiting customers (5.6 million in total, in China alone) and taking their bets. In total, more than 4,000 suspects were arrested, and the Chinese authorities confiscated the equivalent of 200 million euros; Which, by the way, was just a fraction of the sums collected by Yabo Sports, whose earnings were estimated at more than 15 billion US dollars.
That is why the PSG partner no longer gives any sign of life: the dismantling of a criminal network in China was the reason for his disappearance. This may also have been the reason why the clubs that were so proud to welcome Yabo Sports into their partner ‘families’ kept quiet, and have remained so ever since, leaving Gusimar’s questions unanswered to this day, with the exception of Bayern, who ended up reply back. like him: “Bayern Munich unilaterally terminated its partnership with Yabo Sports in 2021. We will not comment on any other matters and appreciate your understanding.”. Football is not fancy when it arrives at its door to be shown in the millions.
He’s also not bothered when it comes to exactly who he’s dealing with. The evidence is that Bayern, Manchester United and … Steven Gerrard have signed their agreement with Yabo Sports with the supposed “CEO” of the online betting operator, Dean Hooks.
Had they pushed their curiosity a little further, they would have realized that the so-called Dean Hooks was not the CEO of a multi-billion-brewing betting company, but rather a director of two or three small companies between China and the UK, which had absolutely nothing to do with sports and that Dean Hooks had nothing to do with sports. It was also, and perhaps above all, a popular model for Chinese advertising agencies. He submitted to Huawei, among other things.
Why not also take a position with Yabo Sports, then, in order to give a full British flair to the favorite – for some time – Asian bookmaker from PSG and others?
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