The son of the club president was also arrested in Warsaw.
As reported to Police Headquarters in Lisbon on Wednesday, investigators conducted searches in several places in the city starting in the morning hours of Tuesday, both at the headquarters of the current Portuguese runner-up, as well as at corporate offices and at a banking agency.
According to Portuguese media, among those arrested were also two entrepreneurs in Lisbon, who, together with the president of Benfica, were to launch a network to transfer millions of sums from Portugal to Switzerland and defraud the tax office.
The Benfica leadership confirmed the news of the arrest of the Vieira club president, by informing them of an extraordinary meeting of the club’s authorities on Tuesday evening.
Vieira has been president of Benfica Lisbon since 2003. Since 2018, he has been regularly accused of alleged corrupt practices by the media and sports activists.
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