Chelsea and France legendÂ MarcelÂ Desailly is under investigation for taxÂ evasion, documents filed by the government of Switzerland have revealed.Â
The SwissÂ tax administration office has been asked by France toÂ turn overÂ all the information itÂ has on an account the former defender holds with banking giant UBS.
It is not clear ifÂ Desailly faces claims ofÂ impropriety or whether the investigation is simply routine, but Switzerland has beenÂ assistingÂ France inÂ eliminating double taxation and preventing fraud and taxÂ evasion, reportsÂ Blooomberg.
French authorities made the request in December last year and Ghanaian-born Desailly, one of France's most revered players of the last 20 years and who won the 1998 World Cup, has 30 days to oppose his home nation's request.
The 45-year-old is not the first FrenchÂ footballerÂ to be investigated under similar circumstances. Earlier this year Switzerland handed France bank details belonging to former French players Claude Makelele and current Manchester CityÂ youth teamÂ coach Patrick Vieira. UBS was also mentioned in both cases.
Authorities have not yet said ifÂ Makelele orÂ Vieira are accused of any wrongdoing.
Desailly enjoyed an illustrious playing career, including stints with Marseilles, AC Milan and Chelsea, twice winning the Champions League. As well as lifting the World Cup with France, Desailly also helped his team to Euro 2000 victory.
He became France captain afterÂ the 2000Â tournament and was named Chelsea captain on many occasions during his six years with the club between 1998 and 2004.
He ended his international career in 2004, notching up what was then a record 116 caps for his country and has since been aÂ punditÂ for BBC and ITV.