Monday, March 19, 2007

Tax fraud allegations against Iranian players' agent

Bild newspaper in Germany has published tax fraud allegations against the Iranian, FIFA-licensed players' agent Reza Fazeli for receiving 200,000 German marks for the contract extension of Yildiray Basturk, a Turkish player with Hertha Berlin. Bochum club alledgedly paid this amount to Fazeli in a manner to avoid German taxes. "Considering he is the sporting agent of 20 players in Germany and outside Germany, the question is whether he has opened the same sham bank accounts for his other fraud transactions or not. Fazeli's illegal transaction was done through a Dubai-based company. Bochum club has copies of transactions paid to a Dubai-based sham bank account in the amount of 200,000 for Fazeli and 300,000 for Basturk in the year 2000," the newspaper commented.

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