Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Alexis Sanchez Accepts 16-Month Prison Sentence

Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month prison sentence for committing tax fraud during his time at Barcelona, although he will not spend time in jail.​
The Manchester United forward was accused of defrauding the treasury of €1m (N446m) between 2012 and 2013, relating to income from his image rights.

Alexis has, however, reached an agreement with the Spanish prosecutor to pay the money he owes with interest.

Despite the verdict, the Chilean will not spend time in prison as he is a first offender and the sentence is less than two years - which crucially, in Spanish law, prohibits jail time although Sanchez will be incarcerated if he commits a similar crime within the next two years.

The 29-year-old’s sentence follows a string of high-profile footballers who have been investigated for tax fraud including Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sanchez’s former Barca teammate Lionel Messi received a 21-month prison sentence, reduced to a €252,000 (N112m) fine, for defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of €3.1m (N1.5bn). 

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