The company that manages the Benfica and several of its directors were accused by the justice of Portugal of tax fraud, announced this Wednesday the club, suspected of having created a ‘slush fund’ producing false invoices.
Benfica SAD, in charge of managing the club through its partners, “was accused of tax fraud”, says a brief statement addressed to the Portuguese tax authorities.
“Inherently, members who were part of its Board of Directors between 2016 and 2020, one of them still in the exercise of their functions, were also accused of the same crime, as well as forgery of documents”, adds the note.
Asked by AFPthe Attorney General of the Republic of Portugal “only confirms the existence of an investigation (…) into facts likely to constitute a crime of tax fraud”, refusing to name the names involved.
According to the Portuguese press, the main suspects would be Luis Filipe Vieira (president of Benfica between 2003 and 2021), as well as Domingo Soares de Oliveira (current president of the company Benfica SAD).
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