A new tidal wave crashes on Italian football. This morning, the Revenue Guard Corps have searched the houses of about thirty players and agents. They have sequestered assets for nearly 12 million euros, giving notice of the end of the investigation that involved 64 people. Among the latter, there are some top executives and stars of the A and B Leagues: Milan CEO Adriano Galliani, Lazio President Lazio Claudio Lotito, Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis, former Juventus CEO Jean Claude Blanc, and the agent Alessandro Moggi (son to Luciano, the key figure of the “Calciopoli” scandal). Among the players, there are Ezequiel Lavezzi (formerly Napoli, now PSG) and Hernan Crespo (Parma, Lazio, and Inter former striker). The alleged crime is “tax evasion and false invoicing.”
The investigation revealed an entrenched system designed to evade tax, in which 35 A and B Leagues clubs, and over one hundred individuals (players and their agents) were involved. This is what Vincenzo Piscitelli, deputy prosecutor of Naples, pointed it out. The mechanism had been fraudulently concocted to subtract taxable income to the coffers of the Italian State and was adopted in the context of commercial transactions concerning the sale of players.
The investigation called “Fuorigioco” ‘Offside’ is conducted by the following public prosecutors of the Naples Prosecutor’s Office: Danilo De Simone, Stefano Capuano, and Vincenzo Ranieri, coordinated by the deputy prosecutor Vincenzo Piscitelli. The investigation was was open in 2012, due to suspected tax violations committed both by the clubs, agents, and by football players in the field of purchase and sale of the rights on the players themselves.