Announced Luis Villier Vieira, President Benfica Club The Portuguese, resigned from his position due to suspected crimes related to money laundering and tax evasion after a period of more than 18 years at the head of the system since 2003. According to the Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, the resignation was sent to the club’s general assembly.
Portuguese media reported on Thursday that Benfica club president Luis Felipe Vieira had resigned after his activities were suspended following his arrest on charges of tax evasion and money laundering..
According to Portugal’s state television and radio, Vieira, who has headed the club for 18 years, said in two letters to the chairman of the board that he was no longer in a position to carry out his duties after his arrest..
Prosecutors said Vieira, 72, was arrested last week for questioning about deals worth more than 100 million euros, which may have caused huge financial losses to the country and many companies..
The court decided last Saturday that Vieira would remain under house arrest until he paid the three million euros in bail and ordered him to surrender his passport and gave him 20 days to pay the bail, according to a court document..
In Vieira’s absence, Benfica appointed club vice-president Rui Costa as interim president last Friday, but it is not yet known whether he will remain in the position permanently after Vieira’s official resignation.