Portuguese police swoop on Benfica over tax evasion and money laundering claims

July 15 – The president of Benfica, Luis Filipe Vieira (pictured), plus the company that operates the club and the one that owns the stadium, have all been indicted by the Portuguese justice for tax evasion, according to unconfirmed local reports. 

The sports daily ‘A Bola’ reported the case concerns payments of €1.8 million in 2018 to a computer provider for services that were never carried out.

Reports claim searches have been carried out by the Judicial Police at the club and documents seized in an attempt to ascertain tax fraud and money laundering.

Benfica has not commented on the claims while the public Prosecutor’s office would only confirm the existence of an investigation that may constitute a criminal offence.

“In the framework of this investigation, three entities have been charged, one person and two companies,” said a spokeswoman for the public ministry, without identifying any of the parties.

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