Alexis Sanchez accepts 16-month Spanish prison sentence for tax fraud

Alexis Sanchez accepts 16-month Spanish prison sentence for tax fraud

Alexis Sanchez accepts 16-month Spanish prison sentence for tax fraud

Alexis Sanchez has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for committing tax fraud in Spain but the Manchester United forward will avoid serving any jail time.

According to reports including the Metro, Sanchez admitted to dodging a total of €983,443 (£874,810) during his time at Camp Nou, evading the Spanish tax authority by concealing what he earned through image rights whilst in Catalonia. The Manchester United forward also had to pay more than 100,000 euros in interests for the amount defrauded.

He was sentenced to two eight-month suspended jail sentences to run consecutively, although prosecutors have called for the sentence to be lifted after two years if he does not re-offend.

Fernando Felicevich's statement expressed anger about "repeated, continuous and obscene leaks" of information from such cases in Spain, suggesting it pressures figures in football to accept agreements.

In potentially the largest case, Spanish authorities are now investigating World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid for tax fraud amounting to 14.7 million euros.

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Felicevich insisted the "alleged crimes" were practices used over a long period of time by many players and previously accepted by the Spanish taxman.

In 2016, Lionel Messi was handed a 21-month prison sentence, although his similarly non-custodial term was later changed to a fine. Cristiano Ronaldo continues to fight charges against him, protesting his innocence, and his case is ongoing.

"Almost every member of the Real Madrid and Barcelona squad have been placed in this situation, even though these clubs use a standard pay formula for their first team which has been accepted by the Spanish Treasury in the past".

He labelled the deal unjust, claiming some foreigners were being exposed to "media and political pressure".

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