Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
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Alexis Sánchez punished for tax evasion in Spain

Alexis Sánchez punished for tax evasion in Spain

Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month prison sentence in relation to committing tax fraud worth €1million during his time with Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has been found guilty of not declaring image rights that he was earning back in 2012-2013.

Due to Sanchez being a first offender and the sentence being less than two years, he has escaped a custodial sentence.

He had already admitted to the fraud in January and fully repaid the €1 million, including interest, to ensure his sentence was reduced.

As reported by the Metro, the Chilean worldwide has admitted to the charges and repaid the money owed with interest to ensure that the sentence was reduced.

Messi was given a 21-month prison sentence in 2016, although that was changed to a €252,000 (£223,000) fine previous year.

Sanchez joined Barcelona in July 2011 and played almost 150 games for the club before leaving for the Premier League three years later.

Several high-profile Spanish football figures, including Sanchez's former team-mates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, have faced similar charges over tax evasion.

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.

Manchester: Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal as a member of Manchester United, which secured a 2-0 home win over visiting Huddersfield Town in the 26th round of the English Premier League.

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