Lewandowski’s ex-manager arrested on extortion charges

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The former manager of the Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has been arrested for allegedly trying to extort EUR 20 million from the soccer star, the regional prosecution in Warsaw announced on Tuesday.

Cezary K. (name withheld) is said to have criminal threats against Lewandowski, who is also captain of the Polish national team, in order to get him to pay the money.

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In September, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel carried a story claiming that Cezary K. was pressing charges against Lewandowski over the non-payment of PLN 39 million (EUR 8.5 million). The payment was related to the company RL Management, which he and Lewandowski formed in 2014 to back the latter's career.

At the time, Lewandowski, who owned 98 percent of RL Management before its dissolution, was accused of pre-dating his advertising contracts, which were run through the company, in order to evade taxes.

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Lewandowski's spokesman responded by stating that the footballer's tax affairs were in full legal order.

In early October the Polish web portal Onet.pl claimed that Cezary K. had threatened Lewandowski, and tried to blackmail him into paying.