Spanish Police Nab Bulgarian Mafia Leader in Sevilla Football Club Extortion Case

Crime | December 6, 2023, Wednesday // 15:18|  views

Spanish authorities apprehended Ivo "El Bulgaro," the alleged head of the notorious Bulgarian mafia group "Rompecostillas" (Bone Crushers), in connection with an extortion attempt targeting a Sevilla football club executive, as reported by Telecinco TV.

The Bulgarian national stands accused of coercing the club's director into paying a hefty EUR 500,000 sum. The extortion revolves around an outstanding debt following Sevilla's decision to decline a scheduled tour to Mexico. The extortionists, allegedly representing a violent Mexican cartel, demanded the payment in 2019, with Ivo identified as the primary suspect.

Ivo "El Bulgaro" was apprehended in Madrid, seized from a residence in one of the city's districts. Additionally, authorities detained four others, including a lawyer, believed to have links to the case.

This incident highlights the involvement of the Bulgarian mafia in an extortion scheme targeting a prominent football club, shedding light on the complexity of organized crime's reach into international spheres.

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Tags: Spanish, police, Bulgarian, Sevilla


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