Benfica chairman resigns amid tax fraud investigation

LISBON: Luis Filipe Vieira (Photo), who suspended his post as chairman of Benfica last week after being arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of tax evasion and money laundering, has resigned, the Portuguese club said in a statement.

Vieira, who ran the club for 18 years, said in a letter to the chairman of the board that he was no longer able to perform his duties after his arrest.

“The directors of (…) Benfica call on (the supporters) to unite around their common goals and the safeguard of the best interests of the club,” Benfica said in a statement posted on its website, adding that the board of directors would meet on Friday to finalize the leadership changes.

Vieira, 72, was arrested on July 7 for being questioned about transactions worth more than 100 million euros (496 million RM) that may have caused heavy losses to the state and several companies, prosecutors said.

A court ruled on July 10 that Vieira would remain under house arrest until an amount of € 3million (RM15million) was paid and ordered her to surrender her passport, giving her 20 days to pay. money.

Rui Costa, former vice-president of Benfica, took over the presidency last Friday after Vieira’s suspension. It is not yet known whether he will remain in office permanently after Vieira resigns. – Reuters

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