Up to as many as 41 Italian football clubs were raided by The Guardia di Finanza (financial police) on Tuesday morning under allegations that they have been criminally avoiding tax payments that are added to the transfer costs of players.
Many Serie A and Serie B teams have been subjected to dawn raids after investigations from prosecutors in Naples, including AC Milan and Juventus, along with Palermo and Cesena from Italy’s lower division.
The raids have been carried out after prosecutors came to the conclusion that the clubs were acting in “an alleged criminal conspiracy to avoid paying tax to authorities during the transfer of players.”
A statement from the Procura di Napoli also stated that several “foreign clubs” were under investigation. So it isn’t just Italian clubs that are dodging the law books in order to gain success.
But it cannot be assumed that the clubs themselves are the ones who are dodging the taxman, as prosecutors have spoken that they seek to form a “complete reconstruction of the relationship between clubs and players who have, either directly or indirectly, been involved with football agents Alejandro Mazzoni and Alessandro Moggi.”
So, it’s clear that these Italians who oversee the changes in where players go and stay in Italy and other leagues are the ones who are either incorrectly filling in the paperwork, or pocketing the money for themselves that should be getting paid back to the government.
But, if these agents are charged, expect these charges to be heavy, as so many clubs have been allegedly involved in this latest Italian job.
Along with the agents who have gained a bad image, many clubs will have a tough time to reconstruct their relationships with fans and in laws alike. As well as the clubs who have not been named, but may well be guilty of doing the same.
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