Sunday, December 5

Hercules and La Nucía are being investigated for possible Social Security fraud

Sources of the Alicante entity assure that all the contracts of the Hercules players are absolutely legal and that there is in no case of money ‘B’ in said labor commitments. For its part, the procedure has been very similar in La Nucía, where the Labor inspector has also interrupted training to interrogate several players about their employment contracts. The “rojillo” club is also calm because of the investigations. «Those responsible for the entity have provided the pertinent documentation in order to carry out the necessary verifications in matters solely and exclusively of Social Security. The club wants to show its total predisposition to collaborate in a procedure that it considers normal in the labor scene, “says the entity in a statement.

These actions have also been carried out in Algeciras, Cádiz, La Rioja, Salamanca, Badajoz, Murcia and the Balearic Islands and they are framed in the fight against corruption in sports and fraud due to the fact that a generalized problem was detected in the use of undeclared money in the world of football and especially in the clubs of the former 2ªB and Third Division. For this reason, a campaign has been launched to eradicate this practice and especially social security fraud.

The action began as a result of a letter addressed to the Royal Spanish Football Federation and signed by eleven 2ªB clubs in 2020, which denounced the comparative injury that it meant for the clubs that legally paid their players and duly contributed to Social Security. As a result, the National Anti-Fraud Office in collaboration with the specialists in economic crimes of the Civil Guard began a campaign to detect the commission of possible crimes of Social Security fraud committed by the different clubs.

According to a statement from the Civil Guard, “this practice, on the one hand, causes an impairment to the Social Security System because it is entering less money than would correspond for the contributions of their footballers and, on the other hand, it causes great damage to the footballers themselves because they are deprived of the rights that social security assists them due to their employment relationship with the clubs. From the moment they became aware of this practice, the researchers made contacts with different soccer world agents to verify the veracity of the facts that were revealed in said letter and that seemed normalized and very accepted by most of the clubs.

Questions about the employment contracts of the footballers in the ten investigated clubs

The Civil Guard has carried out inspections in a dozen football clubs that were active in Second B in recent years with the aim of obtaining documentary information that could reveal possible crimes of fraud to Social Security for the use of black money. The actions were coordinated by the Department of Criminal Analysis of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard together with the National Office for the Fight against Fraud, with the participation of the Judicial Police of Algeciras, Cádiz, Alicante, La Rioja, Salamanca, Badajoz, Murcia and the Balearic Islands. In all cases, footballers have been asked about their employment contracts in search of clues. There are ten football clubs subject to inspection: Hercules, La Nucía, CD Calahorra, Atlético Sanluqueño CF, Real Balompédica Linense, Extremadura UD, Mérida AD, Salamanca CF UDS, CD Atlético Baleares and Cartagena FC.

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