Tax officials looking into 2 football transfers
Tax officials are looking into the transfers of two Argentine
football players as part of a crackdown on suspected money
laundering in the Argentine game.
Argentina’s tax agency, known by the Spanish-language acronym
AFIP, said Tuesday it is investigating the transfers of Jonathan
Bottinelli of Buenos Aires club River Plate, and Ignacio Piatti of
San Lorenzo, also a high-profile Buenos Aires club.
The Argentine Football Association said both players would not
be allowed to play during the investigation.
Bottinelli played last season for San Lorenzo, but AFIP said
records show River Plate buying his rights from Chilean club Union
San Felipe. Bottinelli has never played in Chile.
Piatti played last season for Italian club Lecce, but San
Lorenzo shows him moving from Uruguay club Sud America.
”It is suspected that a maneuver has been carried out that
would permit hiding the true values of the transactions,” the tax
agency said in a statement.
Football clubs in Argentina heve been required since early this
year to provide detailed reports of any transfers in an effort to
prevent money laundering.
Many Argentine clubs are deeply in debt despite the vast sums of
money that flow through the country’s football industry, which
exports thousands of players to clubs abroad.