The prosecutor Rosário Teixeira, who leads the investigation by the Public Ministry that gave rise to the so-called “Blue Card” operation, says, in the dispatch of the searches to the SAD of FC Porto, that Pinto da Costa is suspected of embezzling millions of euros in transfer fees of players for nearly 10 years.
«Since 2012, several sports agents – among them Pedro Pinho and Alexandre Pinto da Costa – agreed with Pinto da Costa, FC Porto president, to develop a scheme to generate undue profits» in the sphere of those involved, as can be read in the dispatch , to which CNN Portugal had access.
In order to place players in FC Porto, or to sell them from FC Porto to other clubs, according to the same order of the attorney, these entrepreneurs “accept to return, namely to Pinto da Costa, part of the amounts charged in commissions for their intervention as intermediaries business » business.
On November 22, the Public Ministry ordered 33 searches, including the blue and white SAD, claiming to be investigating the payment of commissions in excess of 20 million euros related to footballer transfers.
In all, there are 12 businesses under investigation:
2013 and 2016
2017 to 2020