Italian football club Lazio announced that it will sue the "Canal 5" television channel after publishing allegations about the illegal transfer of funds to the former striker Mauro Zarate, the team.
Zarate agent Louis Roxy appeared on the program "Li Linyi" on the private television channel, and stated that part of the value of the Zarate contract with Lazio, which was five years and expired in 2013, was transferred to a company based in London and then another company in Uruguay managed by Sergio brother of Mauro Zarate.
Roxy said that the amount of 13 million euros of the total value of the deal, which amounted to 20 million euros (22.4 million dollars), was paid through the English company, which allows Lazio to evade the payment of taxes due in Italy, adding that the player did not receive the last payment of the value of the deal It is worth three million euros.
For his part, the Lazio club said in a statement issued on Tuesday evening: "We remind Lee Linyi's program that lawsuits are taking place in the courts and that more than one court has already considered the case of Zarati, after several cases brought by Rootsy, which he always lost."
Lazio president Claudio Loteto had denied the allegations, announcing that he would take legal measures following the damage he had suffered, as well as the club.
A case of controversy was raised during the past days in the Italian media, where the program "Li Linyi" postponed the broadcast of the episode in order to give Lotito the opportunity to respond via the television channel, which Lotito rejected.
The Italian federation has already opened investigations into the case, and it had investigated a Zarate contract in 2011 and imposed a two-month ban on Lotito on the grounds that players ’contracts should be dealt with in person and not through companies.

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