Authorities in Portugal searched the house of Spain and Real Madrid legend, Iker Casillas as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged money laundering and tax fraud in the world of football.
Public prosecutors said authorities, including nearly 200 police officers, carried out 76 searches across the country at houses, football clubs, lawyers and agents’ offices.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Casillas said he is ‘absolutely calm’ with respect to the investigations and has ‘full confidence’ in the Portuguese justice system. The legendary goalkeeper also added that he wishes that ‘transparency reaches everyone and every corner of football,’ the statement read.
The operation, named Out of Play, is investigating alleged tax avoidance in the football business from 2015 onwards.
According to the prosecutors, those involved allegedly dodged payments of tax owed to the Portuguese state.
The search comes two weeks after Iker Casillas confirmed he is running to become president of Spanish Football Federation