Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Alexis Sanchez given 16-month prison suspension for tax fraud

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.
The new Manchester United striker faced going to trial in Spain over unpaid taxes amounting to around 1m euro (£886,000) while he was playing for Barcelona.
According to reports, the unpaid taxes derive from image rights deals in 2012 and 2013.
Sanchez  was first accused in 2016 but his agent said the Chile forward had "fully obeyed" laws and his image rights income "has been declared".
The 29-year-old who joined United from Arsenal last month, is rumoured to be the highest paid player in the Premier League following the transfer, earning £14m a year after tax.
He is one of a number of high-profile players to have fallen foul of the tax laws in Spain, the likes of Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi have also faced tax charges in recent years.

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