Trouble for Portuguese Football Club Benfica as its president, Luis Filipe Vieira and other key figures are arrested.
Luis Filipe Vieira, the president of Portuguese football club Benfica, has been arrested on charges of tax fraud and money laundering According to Portugal’s Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action, “businesses and financing in a total amount exceeding 100 million euros (118 million U.S. dollars), are being investigated.
Around 45 search warrants were carried out, covering corporate premises, homes, lawyers’ offices and a banking institution” in the capital Lisbon, and the cities of Torres Vedras and Braga, in northern Portugal. Alongside Luis Filipe Vieira’s arrest, were those of his son Tiago Vieira, football manager Jose Antonio dos Santos and sports agent Bruno Macedo.
They are expected to remain in jail until a “judicial interrogation” is carried out due to the “gravity of the crimes and the precautionary requirements”.
What does this mean for Portuguese football club Benfica and its players and will this affect the league as a whole?