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Benfica president placed under house arrest

July 11, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira poses with an award at the Portuguese soccer federation awards ceremony in Lisbon. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has been placed under house arrest late Saturday, July 10, 2021 until he pays a bail of three million euros ($3.5 million). Vieira and three other men are being investigated in “Operation Red Card” for possible fraud, money laundering and tax fraud. His defense lawyer denies any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, file)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira poses with an award at the Portuguese soccer federation awards ceremony in Lisbon. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has been placed under house arrest late Saturday, July 10, 2021 until he pays a bail of three million euros ($3.5 million). Vieira and three other men are being investigated in “Operation Red Card” for possible fraud, money laundering and tax fraud. His defense lawyer denies any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, file)

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira was placed under house arrest late on Saturday until he pays bail of three million euros ($3.5 million).

Vieira and three other men are being investigated as part of “Operation Red Card” for possible fraud, money laundering and tax fraud.

Defense lawyer Manuel Silva told reporters that the president of Portugal’s most successful soccer club denies any wrongdoing.

Benfica is not under investigation.

The 72-year-old Vieira has run the club since 2003.

Former star Rui Costa, who was a club vice president, has taken over its management.

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