NEWS
Tuesday January 26 2016
Operation Offside scandal erupts

The breaking tax evasion scandal named ‘Operation Offside’ reportedly involves 35 Serie A and B clubs and more than 100 players and agents.

News broke this morning of an inquiry that had been set up by the Naples public prosecutor to investigate tax evasion and false invoicing.

Further details are now emerging about the scale of the scandal, with Calcio e Finanza reporting that finance authorities in Italy are carrying out searches and have seized around €12m worth of assets.

Lazio and Napoli Presidents Claudio Lotito and Aurelio De Laurentiis, Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani, PSG winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and Modena Coach Hernan Crespo were named as reported suspects this morning.

An updated list of suspects includes Palermo, Genoa and Fiorentina owners Maurizio Zamparini, Enrico Preziosi and Andrea Della Valle as well as players including Atalanta captain German Denis, Torino striker Ciro Immobile and Milan’s Antonio Nocerino.

Calcio e Finanza reports that a deep-rooted system designed to evade tax and being used by 35 clubs in the top two tiers and more than 100 individuals is being investigated.

Full list of 45 directors allegedly being investigated:

Alessandro Moggi, Marco Sommella, Vincenzo Leonardi, Riccardo Calleri, Umberto Calaiò, Leonardo Rodriguez, Fernando Hidalgo, Aleandro Mazzoni, Edward Lipstick, Antonio Percassi, Percassi Luca, Claudio Garzelli, Giorgio Perinetti, Luigi Corioni, Gianluca Nani, Sergio Gasparin, Pietro Lo Monaco, Igor Campedelli, Maurizio Zamparini, Rino Foschi Daniele Sebastiani, Andrea Della Valle, Oronzo Corvino Alessandro Zarb, Enrico Preziosi, Luciano Cafaro, Jean Claude Blanc, Alessio Secco, Claudio Lotito, Marco Moschini, Renato Cipollini, Aldo Spinelli, Adriano Galliani, Aurelio De Laurentiis, Tommaso Ghirardi, Pietro Leonardi, Pasquale Foti, Eduardo Garrone, Umberto Marino, Massimo Mezzaroma, Roberto Zanzi, Giovanni Lombardi Stronati, Francesco Zadotti, Sergio Cassingena, Massimo Masolo, Dario Cassingena.

Full list of 16 players allegedly being investigated: Gustavo German Denis, Quintero, Adrian Mutu, Ciro Immobile, Matteo Paro, Hernan Crespo, Pasquale Foggia, Antonio Nocerino, Marek Jankulovski, Cristian Chavez, Inacio David Fideleff, Ezequiel Ivan Lavezzi, Gabriel Paletta, Emanuele Calaiò, Cristian Molinaro , Rios Pavon, Diego Alberto Milito.

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