Sport Sanchez plays on after prison sentence

08:00  08 february  2018
08:00  08 february  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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BARCELONA: Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on Monday admitted defrauding Spanish tax authorities of million (€983,443) while playing for Barcelona. The 28-year-old Chile international’s confession could see him receive a fine and possibly a non-custodial prison sentence .

Jose Mourinho does not intend to make any attacking reinforcements this summer after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez . However, most of the money is for him to be Madrid bound, with Real the current 7/4 favourites to pick him up.” Sanchez prison sentence .

Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez.© REUTERS/Scott Heppell Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez. 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.

Local prosecutors' office Fiscalia de Barcelona confirmed that the 29-year-old has been handed two eight-month sentences for evading tax during his time at Barcelona.

But the former Arsenal playmaker will not go to prison as first-time offenders avoid jail if the sentence is less than two years.

Spanish new agency EFE reports Sanchez reached an agreement, having been accused of defrauding the Spanish Treasury of one million euros ($1.56m) and hiding the income of images rights between 2012 and 2013.

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Sanchez 's former Barca team-mate Messi was given a 21-month prison sentence in 2016, but exchanged it for a £223,000 fine last year. Javier Mascherano and Ricardo Carvalho both settled after being given suspended prison sentences

The agency's article says the Chile forward will pay back that figure plus interest, along with a fine of 590,065 euros and will not receive public aid or tax incentives in Spain for two years.

Sanchez is the latest figure in football to have been chased by Spanish authorities.

Jose Mourinho, the Chilean's manager at Old Trafford, claimed he paid all the money owed to tax authorities from his time at the helm at Real Madrid after a November court appearance in the Spanish capital.

Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano have all been convicted of tax evasion in recent years, while Cristiano Ronaldo is currently fighting alleged tax fraud charges.

Sanchez's representative posted a lengthy "public declaration and clarification" about the case on Twitter.

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.

Felicevich pointed out that the accused are "of course almost all foreigners" and that, in this case, Sanchez's team had come to the conclusion that "it is better to accept an unfair agreement".

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