Brazil head coach Felipão to face investigation into tax evasion
Brazilian national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing a criminal investigation for alleged tax evasion, reports in Portugal have suggested.
The allegation relates to the 65-year-old’s time with the Portugal national team between 2003 and 2008.
The attorney general’s office in Portugal confirmed that a criminal investigation into Scolari’s dealing had been opened but no further details have been revealed, the Associated Press reports.
Reports in the Dutch and Portuguese media suggest the investigation is looking into payments of €7.4 million made to the Brazilian when he was Portuguese manager.
It is believed that Scolari did not declare income and Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad publised a document that alleges the funds were transferred to another account in Miami.
Felipão will be asked who the people involved in that transaction are and the Brazil coach has released a statement insisting he has done nothing wrong.
Sky Sports published Scolari’ statement, it read: "I have correctly filed all my tax returns. In all the countries where I've worked, I've always declared my income," he said in a statement.
"If anything is wrong, it's not my fault. I hope justice gets to the bottom of the facts."
With less than a month to go until the World Cup begins, this is not the kind of preparation Scolari would have envisaged for himself and his players.