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SBD Global/October 4, 2012/International Football

Italian Police Raid Napoli Headquarters On Suspicion Of Financial Foul Play

Serie A club Napoli has come under scrutiny after the country's Finance Police "raided the club in relation to suspicions of financial foul play," according to the AFP. Police were acting on a mandate from the public prosecutor in Naples when they "took away a number of documents from the club." The raid was carried out by Italy's Guardia di Finanza, a "wing of the armed forces which deals with financial crime and smuggling and comes under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance." Reports indicate the documents seized are "in relation to an investigation into the purchase and sale of rights on the performances of team players, the relationship with player agents and any related financial movements." Searches were also carried out at the Italian Football Federation offices (FIGC) in Rome. A FIGC spokesperson said: "The police requested copies of contracts between agents, the players and the club and we obliged. That is all we can say on the matter" (AFP, 10/3). In Paris, L'EQUIPE wrote "bad surprise for Serie A leaders Napoli" on Wednesday morning. The Financial Police showed up at their offices to seize "suspect documents" (L'EQUIPE, 10/3).
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