05 Mar 2020
The Portuguese attorney’s office has confirmed it conducted dozens of searches on Wednesday in connection withits investigation into tax evasion and money laundering at some of the country’s biggest clubs, as well as the super-agent Jorge Mendes.
The latest stage of Operation Fora de Jogo (Operation Offside) involved almost 300 tax and police inspectors from the public prosecutor’s office conducting 76 searches, including the offices of the top‑division sides Porto, Benfica, Sporting, Braga, Guimarães, Marítimo, Estoril and Portimonense.
“Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol SAD and its chairman of the board of directors confirm the search this morning of their facilities, reaffirming their total availability, as always, to collaborate with the authorities in clarifying all issues that may arise. be raised under this or any other process,” the league leaders Benfica said in a statement.
The offices of Carlos Osório de Castro, Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer, and the Gestifute agency in Porto and Lisbon – the Juventus forward’s representative that was established by Mendes – were also targeted, as were two of the agent’s homes in the Portuguese capital.
By Ed Aarons, The Guardian, 4 March 2020
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