Portuguese police search Iker Casillas' house in raid against corruption in football

This is an operation that seeks evidence of possible crimes of qualified tax fraud and money laundering.

Iker Casillas © Iker Casillas/ Facebook
Iker Casillas Photo © Iker Casillas/ Facebook

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The Spaniard Iker Casillas, who is part of the Portuguese team Porto, suffered a search at his home this Wednesday, as part of an investigation into cases of corruption in football that implicates a total of 76 athletes, coaches and presidents of the main clubs in the world. country.

The goalkeeper himself broke the news in a statement on his Twitter account, where he expressed that he is at the disposal of law enforcement officers. “Transparency is one of my principles,” he stressed.

This is an operation promoted by the Prosecutor's Office and the Tax Authority in search of evidence of possible crimes of qualified tax fraud and money laundering, according to documents leaked by Football Leaks published by the weekly Sábado.

The company Gestifute, owned by powerful intermediary Jorge Méndes, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyer, Carlos Osório de Castro, was also included in the investigation.

The homes of Pinto da Costa, president of Porto, were also searched; Luis Filipe Veira, from Benfica; of Frederico Varandas, from Sporting Lisbon, and Antonio Salvador, from Sporting Braga.

The investigation focuses on money related to “the economic rights of the players, image rights and commission payments to third parties within transfer contracts.”

According to the documentation, it is suspected that "clubs, sports corporations, administrators, players, coaches, sports directors, agents and lawyers resorted to supposedly fictitious accounting documents to inflate costs" and avoid paying taxes, events that would have caused losses. millionaires to the Portuguese State.

The newspaperABC He recalled that Casillas' previous agent, Santos Márquez, was sentenced to four years in prison by the Provincial Court of Palma de Mallorca, for having diverted almost half a million euros during the player's transfer from Real Madrid to Porto.

The goalkeeper, who led the Spanish team for ten years, announced on February 17 that he will run for president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

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