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Former Benfica president arrested

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Benfica football club have been mired in embezzlement scandles

The former president of Portuguese football club Benfica has been arrested in London amid allegations of fraud.

Joao Vale e Azevedo, 51, was arrested after he voluntarily attended Belgravia police station in west London.

A Portuguese national living in London, he was held under an EU arrest warrant from Portuguese police in connection with a fraud investigation.

The case was adjourned at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court and he will appear again on 25 July.

Mr Azevedo was at Benfica for three years from October 1997 to October 2000.

He was released on conditional bail and was asked to surrender his passport. Mr Azevedo was also ordered to stay at an address in Knightsbridge.




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