Police Raid Football Clubs Over Corruption Claims

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Futbol para todos logoTwenty-five first and second division teams were raided by the Federal Police in Buenos Aires, Santa Fé, Córdoba, San Juan, and Mendoza.

The raids were ordered by Judge María Servini de Cubría, who is investigating alleged irregularities in the use of public funds transferred by the state to the clubs within the ‘Fútbol Para Todos’ programme. The police seized the ledgers of the clubs that have been involved in the programme for at least a year, except for those of San Lorenzo, as the club’s administrative offices are not in its headquarters.

The books will be analysed by experts from the Supreme Court, at the judge’s request, which will look at each club’s income and expenditure related to Fútbol Para Todos since 2009.

The case was opened after legislator Graciela Ocaña filed a lawsuit in which she claimed that, despite the funds transferred by the state to the clubs, their financial situation did not improve. The prosecutor has charged Chief of Cabinet Jorge Capitanich and his predecessors Juan Manuel Abal Medina and Aníbal Fernández. AFA President Julio Grondona, who died earlier this year, had also been charged.

The clubs raided were River Plate, Boca Juniors, Argentinos Juniors, All Boys, San Lorenzo, Vélez Sarsfield, and Huracán in the city of Buenos Aires; Racing, Independiente, Lanús, Banfield, Olimpo, Tigre, Arsenal, Quilmes, Estudiantes, and Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata in the province of Buenos Aires; Rosario Central, Newell’s, Atlético Rafaela, Colón, and Unión in Santa Fé; San Martín in San Juan; Belgrano in Córdoba, and Godoy Cruz in Mendoza.

On 5th August, AFA’s headquarters were also raided in search of evidence supporting the case.

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