More than 20 searches were carried out on Wednesday by agents of the Portuguese tax and customs authority, reports The Guardian. Several clubs like Braga or Vitória de Guimarães were targeted, but also the offices of the player agency Gestifute, created by a certain Jorge Mendes, representative of Cristiano Ronaldo in particular. The former FC Barcelona midfielder Deco, who now works as a player’s agent, was also targeted by these searches.
” The facts under investigation are likely to include offenses of tax evasion, social security fraud and money laundering. Said the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action. ” We suspect the existence of simulated cases, concluded between football clubs and third parties, which had in view the concealment of income from dependent work, subject to declaration and withholding tax.. “