Argentina national team accused of smuggling ‘electronic merchandise’ into the country, claim reports in Spain

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THE Argentina national team have been accused of smuggling “electronic merchandise” into the country, according to reports in Spain.


Thursday January 01, 1970

The tax administration of Argentina (AFIP) revealed the news complete with pictures of the seized haul of goods on Twitter.


Thursday January 01, 1970

The Argentina national team have been accused of smuggling items into the country
The Argentina team have been accused of smuggling items into the country
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Musical instruments, toys and electronics were all amongst the £18,000 haul
Musical instruments, toys and electronics were all amongst the £18,000 haul
Twitter

Now, Spanish outlet AS claim customs officers seized the undeclared items after the team returned from friendlies with Guatemala and Colombia in the USA.

The items totalled a whopping £18,000 and included electronics, musical instruments and toys.

All of the above should have been declared at customs – but were instead seized after being considered to have been “smuggled” illegally into the South American nation.


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The Argentine tax authorities have passed the matter on to the public prosecutor’s office.

The Argentina team were flying back from two friendly games in the US
The Argentina team were flying back from two friendly games in the US
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The authorities will now decide how best to deal with the incident
The authorities will now decide how best to deal with the incident
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The AFIP took to Twitter to say: “We have taken undisclosed electronic merchandise from the Argentine Soccer Team.

“The Fiscal 3 Prosecutor’s Office intervenes in the Economic Penalty that will decide on the destination of the seized merchandise.”

On their trip north to the US, Argentina beat Guatemala 3-0 thanks to goals from Gonzalo Nicolas Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Giovanni Simeone.

A goalless draw with Colombia followed before the squad flew home – only to be held up at the airport.

Argentina had played Guatemala and Colombia while in the US
Argentina had played Guatemala and Colombia while in the US
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