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Ronaldo's Bodyguards Investigated in Portugal Over Suspicion of Illegal Work – Report

© AFP 2022 / ISABELLA BONOTTOJuventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the field as invaders run onto the pitch after the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B in Villar Perosa, on August 14, 2019
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the field as invaders run onto the pitch after the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B in Villar Perosa, on August 14, 2019 - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.12.2021
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The bodyguard brothers may also reportedly face a disciplinary proceeding upon their return to the police force.
The twin bodyguards of Portuguese football star Cristian Ronaldo are being investigated by Portuguese authorities after being suspected of providing close protection services illegally, The Mirror reports citing local media.
According to the newspaper, the bodyguards – Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro – served before with the Portuguese military detachment in Afghanistan, and are currently on unpaid leave from Portugal’s Public Security Police (PSP) amid the ongoing probe.
The Ramalheiro brothers now face the prospects of being put on trial for carrying out private security without police permission, with an insider reportedly explaining that working in private security in Portugal without having a license issued by the police can lead to up to five years in jail.
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 European qualifying round group A football match between Portugal and Republic of Ireland at the Algarve stadium in Loule, near Faro, southern Portugal, on September 1, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.11.2021
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While the person who knowingly hires unlicensed bodyguards in Portugal may also face prosecution, the newspaper notes that there is currently “no suggestion that Ronaldo is suspected of any wrongdoing.”
The twin bodyguards, who were reportedly first investigated after being seen twice working for Ronaldo in Lisbon, may also face disciplinary proceedings upon their return to PSP.
While the newspaper did ask a PSP spokesman about the probe, he told them that they “do not comment on cases under investigation.”
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