Clubs in Saint-Etienne and Angers were raided on Tuesday and three players’ agents were placed on guard in an investigation for aggravated money laundering and illegal practice of the agency, according to information from Parisien confirmed by the AFP.
Of the three sports officers in custody, only one holds the license that allows him to practice this profession, a source close to the investigation said. Those who do not have this license are already known to justice, added this source. Investigations in the two clubs took place as part of an open investigation into illegal exercise leaders of the sports agent profession and aggravated laundering, entrusted to the Central Racing and Games Service (SCCJ), said Bobigny’s prosecutor’s office is on the AFP’s side.
The one at the headquarters of AS Saint-Etienne, which will play in Ligue 2 next season, took place in L’Étrat (Loire) in the presence of the president of the ASSE board, Roland Romeyer, as a witness, added a source close to the file. The management of AS Saint-Etienne assured the AFP Tuesday night that investigators were “especially in search of documents related to player transfers” and that “other representatives of the management” had been heard in as witnesses.
The Stephen’s club explains that “among the players’ agents visited by this investigation, the ASSE was linked to one of them for a player transfer made two years ago”, stating that this is the one with a agent’s license, “recognized by UEFA and FIFA”, added the club. Towards the end of the season, ASSE will develop its Ligue 2 in 2022-2023. Fourteenth of the last championship, Angers will be on the verge of Ligue 1.