Over 100 inspectors on the ground and nearly 200 army military fiscal inspectors on Wednesday entered Portugal's most important stadiums in the country's largest football financial scandal.
Wednesday morning began to reveal the immense scale of Portuguese football's largest tax audit operation to date. 'Fora de Jogo' (Out of Play) is an operation focused on possible tax evasion, money laundering and fraud in football operations dating back to 2015, when the operation started.
One by one media across the country began showing the same image: tax inspectors, aided by military fiscal inspectors and policemen – in total over 250 officials – were shown entering more and more stadia. These include homes of Benfica, Sporting, Porto, Braga, Vitória de Guimarães and Maritimo.
As of writing this, seven clubs have been reported to be covered by the investigation. The big three – Benfica, Sporting, Porto – have all confirmed to cooperate fully with investigators. Not just their stadia but also homes of club presidents are being searched. In total, 76 premises, 40 homes and 5 law firms are being searched.