On June 25, police in Lisbon raided several houses belonging to Benfica hooligans who are members of a group called “No Name Boys”. Seven people between 22 and 33 years were detained.
Dozens of items were secured, including pyrotechnics, balaclavas, knives, machetes, brass knuckles and one revolver. The police also found a list of vehicles and addresses of people from other clubs, that could in the future serve Benfica hooligans for new attacks.
“For a year, materials were collected about crimes committed by the No Name Boys group, they are accused of, among others, theft, destruction of property, beatings, or attempted murder.” – says the police in a message.
The police also reported that the whole operation was related to the beating of the Sporting fan, who belongs to the “Juventude Leonina” group. The Sporting fan was beaten in May by over 30 people in “No Name Boys” shirts in São João do Estoril. The moment of the attack was seen by a policeman patrolling the streets, but it was too late, because the attackers fled and a seriously wounded Sporting fan had to be taken to the hospital.
Police raids were also associated with the June attack on a Benfica bus, where 2 players were injured, and in connection with acts of vandalism in the homes of the team coach and Benfica players that took place shortly after the bus attack.
The case is still in progress and there will probably be more arrests: admitted Commissioner Bruno Pereira.