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Ex-chairman Watford accused of money laundering in Spain

The former chairman of the English voetbaleersteklasser Watford, the Italian Raffaele Riva, in Spain appear before the court in a case of tax fraud. That the court has on Friday published. The case revolves around the Spanish resembled Granada.

There was already an investigation into alleged irregularities committed by the former president of Granada, Enrique Pina Campuzano, and former owner Gino Pozzo. Also different companies and clubs which they are linked, including Watford, are in the case.

Enrique Pina and Gino Pozzo, owner of Granada until its sale to Chinese in 2016, had already been accused for tax fraud, and money laundering between 2013 and 2016. Now is Raffaele Riva prosecuted, because he may have participated in the fraud. He controlled a company of Pozzo in Spain.

Pozzo is the current owner of Watford. His father owns the Italian first division Udinese. The court speaks of a “commercial triangle” between the three aforementioned clubs. The revenue from the sale of players would be on the eye of the tax authorities, be extracted through a Luxembourg holding company.

Raffaele Riva took the end of 2016 already resigned as chairman of Watford after an investigation was opened to false bankdocumenten.

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