Table football at risk of fines: government turnaround

Just yesterday afternoon an amendment in the Senate put a patch on the bureaucratic mess in which football had ended, one of the classics of the summer. In fact, a provision approved in the Palazzo Madama that should lead to the “deregulation” of table football and avoid, at least when this regulation is official, the dreaded controls by the state monopoly. Meanwhile, again yesterday, the deadlines – expired on June 15 – had been reopened to present the self-certifications that guarantee, as we quote from the official documents of the Customs Agency, “the safety and security of the players”. The document can now be uploaded to the site from June 27 to July 31.

The spas

A football tax is also paid, from about 40 euros per year. However, the tax has always been present and ultimately never challenged. The real novelty was the need to present the security self-certification (paying 10 euros), an additional bureaucratic step that those responsible for bathing establishments, arcades and distributors would have gladly saved. Also because the fines for those who do not comply are quite high: up to four thousand euros. The president of the Ravenna Beaches Coop, Maurizio Rustignoli, does not send them to say: “Are you worried? I would say more than anything fed up. The fact that in Italy there has to be a self-certification on table football is indicative of how this country is managed. “Rustignoli considers the game to be” typical of our lives, not just the beach. I wonder if anyone who writes the rules has never played a game … “The amendment seems to have been fixed, at least for the future. However, Rustignoli makes a consideration:” The case of football is symbolic of how things seem to work in final will happen that for fear of controls bathing establishments will surrender directly, with damage also to related industries. that surround us. “

The distributor

Giuliano Lolli has been working with table football and other games that we see installed in bathroom establishments for years. His company, Lolliball based in Ravenna, in San Pietro in Trento, has been on the market for years and distributes the games on the premises. This is how Lolli describes the situation: “In recent days there have been many customers who have called me worried.” The burden of tax and self-certification falls on the owner of the “calcino”, so those companies that in the past bought it from Lolli call him to find out how to behave. For the others, who rent it, it is the Ravenna company that has to introduce the self-certifications on the Agency’s website: “The problem – explains the entrepreneur – is not the tax that has always existed. Of course, I hope no one thinks of increasing it too much because now everything is possible, but the real issue is the bureaucracy built around football. I got in touch in time with all the customers and trade associations to explain the situation to them and explain to them the need, if they were the owners of the table football, to move in time. Except that many have passed the deadline without doing anything. For my part, I hired an employee to do this job of inserting self-certifications on the agency’s website. Which means money and time behind an unnecessary practice until last year. For Lolli, the mistake behind everything is “to equate table football with slot machines. This is a passage that seems really absurd to me. Lolli also points to a topic related to “pinball machines”, those games for children in which a ball is won: “It is not clear if they need self-certification. In case of doubt, I have not distributed them and I have 200 in stock.

The “war” on bar games has a pretty dated history. In 1957, the then mayor of Ravenna Celso Cicognani spoke to the city council as follows: “Of the new pinball game that can be seen in all clubs and social gatherings, he points out that it does not represent any educational and entertainment but only a waste of money to young people who do not benefit from it. everywhere. “The consideration referred to the real media battle that was born against the pinball machine, in those years more and more widespread, and equated with the game because the game was won. era are full of alarms about the negative influence of pinball.Finally a law was made that took away the chance to win the game and also returned the ideas of extra taxation.Recently, the game was avenged: it was 2018 when Minister Luigi Di Maio goes propose to put them in place of slot machines: “They have never ruined anyone.” Al.Monta

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