Jose Mourinho is in the news again but this time it’s not him being linked with the Manchester United managerial job, but his former side Uniao de Leiria, who are now among the clubs in Portugal raided by police as part of an operation to dismantle a Russian mafia gang allegedly laundering money.
The European police confirmed that three key members of a criminal network have been arrested as part of Operation Matrioskas (Russian dolls).
The organisation is alleged to have laundered several million Euros across numerous European countries after initially targeting football teams with financial difficulties.
The group would then purchase the clubs so that they can be used to launder money via player transfers, deals for television rights and betting.
Mourinho managed Uniao de Leiria for only 20 matches before his switch to Porto in January of 2002, and they were declared bankrupt in 2013 but were purchased by Alexander Tolstikov in 2015.
Sporting, Braga and Benfica were also searched by police but are only linked to the investigation because of their transfer deals with UD Leiria and are not believed to be under suspicion.
Europol also confirmed that the operation helped identify serious crimes in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom.