Primeira Liga: Portuguese powerhouses FC Porto deny wrongdoing after allegations of tax fraud, money laundering

Porto said neither the club nor Costa were ever approached by authorities about the investigation

The Associated Press February 06, 2020 19:40:40 IST
Primeira Liga: Portuguese powerhouses FC Porto deny wrongdoing after allegations of tax fraud, money laundering
  • Portuguese football club Porto denied wrongdoing on Thursday after a local magazine said the club and their president were being investigated for tax fraud and money laundering related to the transfer of players such as Radamel Falcão and Iker Casillas

  • Porto said neither the club nor Costa were ever approached by authorities about the investigation

  • They said the timing of the release of the information was suspicious, coming just before a decisive Portuguese league match against rival Benfica

Porto: Portuguese football club Porto denied wrongdoing on Thursday after a local magazine said the club and their president were being investigated for tax fraud and money laundering related to the transfer of players such as Radamel Falcão and Iker Casillas.

Primeira Liga Portuguese powerhouses FC Porto deny wrongdoing after allegations of tax fraud money laundering

Iker Casillas's transfer from Real Madrid to FC Porto was also mentioned in the allegations of tax fraud. Reuters

The magazine Sábado said authorities were looking into Porto and club president Jorge Nuno de Lima Pinto da Costa over past transfers of players.

Porto said neither the club nor Costa were ever approached by authorities about the investigation. They said the timing of the release of the information was suspicious, coming just before a decisive Portuguese league match against rival Benfica.

The teams play on Saturday in Porto. The hosts trail Benfica by seven points after 19 matches.

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