Foot­ball Leaks’ prompts French tax fraud probe

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

French author­i­ties have opened a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry into tax fraud and money laun­der­ing in the wake of the ‘Foot­ball Leaks’ rev­e­la­tions, the na­tional fi­nan­cial pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice an­nounced yes­ter­day. “Foot­ball Leaks” is the in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by 12 Euro­pean me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions aimed at ex­pos­ing the sport’s darker side, with the likes of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Jose Mour­inho both ac­cused of tax eva­sion in re­cent weeks — charges the pair deny. “Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion... of a se­ries of press ar­ti­cles re­gard­ing ‘Foot­ball Leaks’, the na­tional fi­nan­cial pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice de­cided to open... a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the charge of laun­der­ing of ag­gra­vated tax fraud, facts likely to re­late to French tax res­i­dents,” read a state­ment. The widerang­ing probe of fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments also claimed Paris Saint-Ger­main duo An­gel Di Maria and Javier Pa­s­tore fun­nelled parts of their in­come through tax havens, while ac­cus­ing Manch­ester United and France star Paul Pogba of stash­ing away money in the Chan­nel Is­lands, at the re­quest of his agent Mino Raiola. — AFP

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