Sanchez reaches deal, avoids jail time in Spain tax fraud case

Alexis Sanchez Receives 16-Month Suspended Prison Sentence After Pleading Guilty to Tax Evasion
Alexis Sanchez To Pay £890000 Plus Interest After Avoiding 16 Months Jail Sentence

08 February, 2018

The Manchester United forward will not serve any time in jail in line with Spanish law, due to this being his first offence and the sentence being fewer than 24 months.

Goal reports that Manchester United forward was accused of defrauding the treasury of €1 million between 2012 and 2013, relating to income from his image rights.

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. He will repay the amount in full, plus interest.

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.

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.

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Although he has accepted the sentence, he will not spend time in jail.

Argentinian Felicevich, who brokered Sanchez's controversial move from Arsenal last month, said in a lengthy statement: "Today the Spanish Tax Agency has once again leaked details of an agreement between our representative Alexis Sanchez and Spanish prosecutors".

Sanchez's previous Barca partner Lionel Messi got a 21-month jail sentence, decreased to a €252,000 (£223,000) fine, to defraud the Spanish duty experts of €3.1m (£2.76m). Cristiano Ronaldo continues to fight charges against him, protesting his innocence, and his case is ongoing.

"Given the terrible experiences suffered by Messi, Ronaldo, etc have had to suffer, we concluded that it was better to accept an unjust agreement but be able to turn the page and not to be subjected to political and media pressure".

Alexis Sanchez playing for his old club Arsenal. In some cases, there is no choice but to bow to that pressure and, to avoid greater injustice, accept injustice like this.

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