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Portugal police raid 'Russian football gang'

European and Portuguese police say they've dismantled a mostly Russian criminal gang laundering funds by way of football in Portugal.


EU law enforcement agency Europol said the gang purchased football clubs and after that utilized them as a front for an opaque network of holding businesses.

It mentioned four important football clubs were searched as well as homes and offices, resulting in 3 "key" arrests.

Third division club Uniao de Leiria was among those raided.

Leiria's owner Alexander Tolstikov has been detained, along with two other club officials, Portuguese media report.

They're all because of seem in court on Thursday morning.