On Friday, Portuguese investigators arrested three members of the Belenenses soccer team’s staff and found a “massive” cache of weapons and ammunition at the club’s training ground, according to Portuguese authorities.
The cache included shotguns, pistols, rifles, a grenade, land mines, and “four different methods of detonation” that investigators said they had found at the training ground in the city of Benfica. One of the members of the Belenenses coaching staff had been stockpiling the arsenal for two years, authorities said.
The team was eliminated from the Portuguese football championship at the beginning of December.
The suspects were initially arrested for illegal possession of the weapons and ammunition, but later faced charges of transferring arms in order to commit murder, as well as distribution of weapons. In a statement, the authorities said that the weapons used at a murder attempted were the same type of weapons they had found.
The squad, a professional squad from the city of Porto, is known for playing defense and often crowding the box, while limiting the opponent’s shooting chances.
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