Italian police raid 41 football clubs in money-laundering probe

Police with financial expertise have raided 41 Italian football clubs, including 18 of the 20 Serie A sides, as part of a tax and money laundering investigation involving player transfer, Sky News reports.

Documents were seized and premises searched in an apparently coordinated operation early on Tuesday as officers hunted for evidence of tax evasion and irregularities over the buying and selling of players.

Eleven B league teams and 12 from the lower brackets were the other clubs involved in the inquiry, a police spokesman confirmed.

The probe also included 12 player agents and a number of foreign clubs.

A statement by Naples prosecutors added that the clubs involved in the searches were under investigation for alleged conspiracy to avoid payment of “huge amounts of money” to tax authorities during the transfer of players.

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