Boca Juniors raided over reselling fake tickets and further crimes

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Argentina’s Club Atlético Boca Juniors has been raided by the authorities after a complaint was filed surrounding the printing of false tickets for resale.

The complaint was originally filed with Fiscalía de Distrito de la Boca de la Justicia Nacional (district prosecutor) in October 2022, and referred to multiple crimes including the printing of false tickets. 

Further criminal claims included street vending, clandestine car parks, sale of club clothing outside of official locations and the possible connection of club authorities with the Barra brava, an organised supporters’ group linked with violence and hooliganism. 

The Alberto José Armando Stadium, also known as La Bombonera, was subsequently raided yesterday (Thursday) morning, with officials searching the management office as well as the homes and vehicles linked with those being investigated. 

The search was carried out by the Judicial Investigation Corps of the MPF and the National Gendarmerie (el Cuerpo de Investigaciones Judiciales del MPF y Gendarmería Nacional). 

According to reports, two of the properties coincided with former footballers that were involved in the false ticketing scheme. A third home was searched, reported to be the home of Christian Riquelme, brother of former player and second vice-president of the Primera División club, Juan Román Riquelme. 

The reported crimes are in violation of the Contraventional Code of Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, as well as articles 25, 112, 173 and 210 of Law 24,192 on Criminal and Contraventional Regime for the Prevention and Suppression of Violence in Sports Shows.