October 17, 2021



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Luís Filipe Vieira, who suspended his obligations as leader of Benfica last week in the wake of being kept as a feature of an examination concerning affirmed charge misrepresentation and tax evasion, has surrendered.

Vieira, who ran the club for a very long time, said in a letter to the administrator of the load up that he was not, at this point in a situation to complete his obligations after his capture.

“The heads of … Benfica appeal for (fans) to join around their normal goals and the shielding of the greater interests of the club,” Benfica said in an explanation on their site, adding the board would meet on Friday to settle the initiative changes.Vieira, 72, was arrested on 7 July for addressing over bargains worth more than €100m that “may have made enormous misfortunes the state and a few organizations”, public investigators said. Three others who were likewise confined for addressing, to be specific Vieira’s child Thiago, the financial specialist José Antonio dos Santos – known as the “Chicken King” – and the specialist Bruno Macedo, have been delivered on bail.

A court decided on 10 July that Vieira would remain under house capture until €3m was paid and requested him to surrender his identification, allowing him 20 days to pay the cash. Rui Costa, previously VP of Benfica, took over last Friday as president after Vieira’s suspension. He has supposedly shown that he might want to play the job forever having recently filled in as VP under Vieira.

In the interim, the American financial specialist John Textor said he had mentioned a gathering with Benfica’s board one week from now after it was reported on Tuesday that he had agreed to purchase a 25% stake in the club from Dos Santos. In a long message to allies posted on his site, Textor rejected that he had any past business association with Vieira after some load up individuals had apparently recommended he was “excessively firmly related” with the previous president and said the lone time he had met him had been to sign the arrangement.

The 57-year-old proceeded to excuse guarantees that his advantage in purchasing minority partakes in Crystal Palace or Fulham would address an irreconcilable circumstance.

“Gem Palace and Fulham? I’m not as of now a financial backer or a proprietor of some other football club, anyplace on the planet,” composed Textor. “I have clarified my premium in turning into a minority proprietor (not a control proprietor) of an English football club later on, yet that implies I am not a contender now (under any definition in the Bylaws of SL Benfica) … and is it’s anything but obvious that SL Benfica has considered comparative plans to venture into the UK?”Textor additionally said that he had “requested that the board allow these thoughts an opportunity” in the midst of reports in Portugal that his speculation would be impeded.

“It appears to be clear this will not occur, however perhaps somebody on the board isn’t contemplating optics, or the coming political race, and we can give some smart thoughts something to do,” he added.

“I have no assessment of who ought to be the following President/Chairman, however I do accept the immediate administration to be top class and prepared for a worldwide business sectors debut. Concerning me, I am totally free … and my supportive proposition, which are by and large what the club has been looking for, ought not be dismissed due to a two-hour meeting that was completely proper for the buy I was examining.”

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