Paolo Bettini owes €11 million in tax: report

Ex-Olympic and world champion accused of tax fraud

Paolo Bettini may have a gold medal but the Italian tax authorities want 11 million euros from him

Italian former world champion cyclist Paolo Bettini has allegedly defrauded the Italian taxman out of €11 million, news agency Ansa reported on Friday.

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Having spoken to financial police, the agency claimed the 35-year-old had tried to avoid paying taxes by falsely claiming to have relocated to the tax haven of Monaco.

Bettini was twice crowned world champion in 2006 and 2007 and also picked up the Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004.

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