Brothel Backs Italian Soccer Club
Controversy ensues over club's deal with Austrian "Casa Bianca"
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2007 3:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Passion is an inherent part of soccer, but add in an escort service sponsoring an Italian soccer club, and you've got some local officials getting pretty hot. Trentino 1921 accepted 10,000 euros from Austrian escort agency Casa Bianca ("White House"), and now links to the service's website—after a screen warning that viewers must be at least 18 years old, Sky News reports.

"If I am offended I can imagine that the women of the town must also feel as angry and offended as I do," said local councilor Iva Berasi, who reminded that soccer club receives public funding as well. Casa Bianca, located over the Austrian border, advertises itself as "a sensuous place where you can get everything you want"—for about 180 euros an hour. Gol!