The Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has initiated a process to recover several million euros paid to the Portuguese State after a tax adjustment, challenging, like the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), the claim for any embezzlement in the payment of your salary. This was announced by the FPF.
According to the weekly Expresso, Santos, the Portugal coach since October 2014, was claimed by the Treasury for 4.5 million euros in additional taxes on his 2016 and 2017 income.
According to this newspaper, the Treasury would have concluded that the coach would have wanted to avoid paying these taxes by being paid by the federation through a company considered ‘fictitious’, instead of receiving a salary set by an employment contract.
«In no case did the Portuguese Football Federation or Fernando Santos hide or steal information about their contractual relationship,» the FPF said in a statement.
«Fernando Santos does not owe the Public Treasury a penny,» the FPF stressed, specifying that if the arbitration procedure initiated by Santos proved him right, he would be entitled «to full reimbursement of the amounts paid.»
With Santos, 67, he won the first major trophies in its history with Portugal, Euro 2016 and the first edition of the Nations League, organized at home in 2019.