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Soccer clubs searched in tax probe

Prosecutors in Naples have ordered the search of dozens of football club offices as part of a tax fraud investigation relating to player contracts.

Financial police were executing search warrants at the offices of about 20 Serie A clubs, including AC Milan, Juventus and Lazio, in addition to clubs in lower leagues.

A statement by Naples prosecutors said some foreign clubs were also part of the investigation but they did not identify them.

Prosecutors said the clubs are under investigation for alleged conspiracy to avoid payment of "huge amounts of money" to tax authorities during the transfer of players.

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