The Brazilian Justice determined the lifting of the bank secrecy of the Hispanic-Brazilian striker Diego Costa, in a investigation into irregularities through a betting websitereported this Monday the portal ‘Ge‘. The decision of the Justice of Itabaiana, a municipality located in Sergipe, the Brazilian state where Costa was born, responds to a request from the Federal Police and extends to the footballer’s bank accounts in Spain, according to the aforementioned media.
Brazilian authorities investigate the bookmaker ‘SPORTNET’, in which they suspect crimes could have been committed of various kinds such as money laundering, currency evasion and criminal organization. The investigations focus on the owners of that platform, the financial operators and the alleged financier of that alleged criminal network, who is “a soccer player,” according to the Sergipe Federal Police. The footballer’s name has not been officially disclosed, as the process is being processed under summary secrecy, but ‘ge’ maintains that it is Diego Costa.
The sports portal of the Globo group indicated that Costa declared before the Police at the end of last year and assured that he was only a “client” of the bookmaker, although he did not know what his username or password was to enter the platform. The explanations of the former player of Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea did not convince the Federal Police, by virtue of “the financial movements” between Costa and the investigated group, with a “volume of transfers incompatible” with that version of the facts, according to ‘ge ‘. Thus, the Justice decreed to lift the bank secrecy of Costawho is 33 years old and is currently without a team after terminating his contract with Atlético Mineiro, with whom he won the 2021 Brazilian Championship. The decision is already being processed internationally, by including bank accounts in Spain, but there is still no a response period, according to ‘Ge’.