Spanish police have arrested 11 people and seized over six hundred kg of cocaine (street value £70m+) in connection with a drugs smuggling ring. An official apparently revealed that of the three footballers involved in the arrests, one is still playing in Spain with Segunda side, Rayo Vallecano, while the two other players have retired but used to play for Athletic Bilbao. Two football agents (one Spanish, the other a Serbian-born French citizen thought to be the leader of the ring) were also among the men arrested.
Police allegedly found the cocaine hidden in packets among machine parts for wind farms inside a shipping container in Madrid, which had been transported by boat from Argentina. It is widely believed the agents organised the smuggling operation while on a trip to Latin America scouting professional footballers.
In a statement, Fifa said it “strongly condemned any criminal activities which may be, even if indirectly, associated to football”.