Ligue 1: searches in Saint-Etienne and Angers for questionable transfers

Ligue 1: searches in Saint-Etienne and Angers for questionable transfers

A vast police operation took place on Tuesday in the midst of football players’ agents and at the headquarters of AS Saint-Etienne and SCO d’Angers, as indicated by Le Parisien. The two clubs are suspected of having resorted to occult practices with agents who have just been taken into custody. According to our information, the transfers of Adil Aouchiche or Billal Brahimi are targeted in the context of this investigation.

Big net in the middle of the agents this Tuesday. As indicated by The Parisiansearches took place in Saint-Etienne and Angers as part of an investigation into questionable transfers, the objective of the police forces being to seize financial and administrative documents.

The Forez club – relegated to Ligue 2 – and the SCO are suspected of having engaged in occult practices in connection with at least three agents, all placed in police custody Tuesday morning in Nanterre.

According to police sources, these representatives are targeted by investigators for a preliminary investigation opened by the Bobigny prosecutor’s office which relates to facts of “illegal exercise of the profession of sports agent” and “aggravated money laundering”. According to our information, the transfers of Adil Aouchiche or Billal Brahimi are targeted as part of this investigation.

Investigators seek to trace financial flows

It was these arrests that led to the police operation at the headquarters of the two clubs, 18th (Saint-Etienne) and 14th (Angers) in the last year in Ligue 1. The purpose of these searches was simple: to seize financial documents related to with the transfers under investigation in order to follow the path of the money used.

In Angers, these events are still taking place under the eye of the Americans, who wish to buy the club, and who are continuing their audit. The investigators were present all day at the SCO. For the moment, little consequence for the club even if some employees expect to be heard in the coming weeks.

On the side of the Greens, the search carried out by the investigators is currently over. According to sources close to the file in Forez, ASSE is “serene” at the end of a Tuesday which saw the validation of its accounts before the DNCG, the “good news of the day”. The club is told that the managers have dealt with a well-known, well-established agent, who has his FFF and UEFA license, that everything is in order with him in terms of payments – and that what the agent, his company and people gravitating around are not the responsibility of the Greens.

At the end of May, the judicial police had carried out an operation at the Luchin estate, in Lille, in order to carry out hearings at the headquarters of Losc. Player transfers were also in the sights of investigators, starting with that of Victor Osimhen in Naples two years ago.

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