ONE of Sydney’s leading sporting clubs is set for a bitterly contested presidential election tomorrow as the controversial Tony Labbozzetta seeks to make a comeback as president.Once the most powerful man in Australian football, Mr Labbozzetta, 68, is vying to be restored to the presidency Club Marconi, a position he had held for 15 years.In 1999 he was banned for a year after a magistrate found that he had ”openly exploited the club to his own benefit on an ongoing basis”.A separate investigation in 1995 into Soccer Australia, of which he was head, by the former National Crime Authority head Donald Stewart recommended that Mr Labbozzetta be banned for life from holding any office in any sporting organisation. This was overturned.Two members of the former football chief’s family have alleged mafia involvement according to a confidential police report obtained by the Herald. The report names two of his relatives as suspected Mafia figures. His cousin, Frank, has been described as ”Il Capo” in the South Australian Parliament.An investigation by The Age this year revealed that Mr Labbozzetta and the Sydney property developer Pat Sergi had lobbied Liberal politicians to prevent the Victorian mafia figure Francesco Madafferi being deported. Madafferi has since been charged with money laundering, drug importation and conspiracy to murder.Mr Sergi was named at the Woodward royal commission as being a principal in Robert Trimbole’s Griffith drug syndicate. The late crime boss fled the country using an airline ticket in a false name obtained from the travel agency of Mr Labbozzetta’s family.Mr Sergi and the head of Parramatta Eels, Roy Spagnolo, who are Club Marconi members, have been hitting the phones to muster support for Mr Labbozzetta’s attempt to wrest control of the club from its president, Tony Campolongo, who is seeking re-election.Some Marconi members are unhappy at the prospect of Mr Labbozzetta’s return because of his role in a million-dollar court case against the club.The company of Tony Del Duca, a builder and architect, is suing the club for $1.8 million. The club is counter-suing, claiming construction was done without development approval. During the Supreme Court hearing Mr Labbozzetta gave evidence supporting Mr Del Duca’s claim against the club.He said the club knew there was no development application but he had not thought it important enough to record in any minutes.It was put to Mr Labbozzetta in cross-examination that it was ”inconceivable” that he could have omitted to record anywhere a ”reference to something so significant as the absence of a DA or a construction certificate.”Mr Labbozzetta replied: ”Had I considered that an important issue, I would have brought it to the attention of the board and recorded it.”He denied the suggestion he was fabricating his evidence to assist Mr Del Duca, who the court heard had worked for Mr Labbozzetta’s family in a private capacity.Judgment in the matter is due in early December.
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