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Sanchez gets court hammer over tax evasion

Sanchez gets court hammer over tax evasion

Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month suspended prison sentence and been fined €590,065 (£524,575) for tax fraud relating to his image rights while a Barcelona player.

The court heard that Sanchez set up a company called Numidia Trading in Malta to avoid paying the tax between 2012 and 2013, having moved his earnings from a Chile-based company called Inversiones Alsan.

The Chile global last month admitted to defrauding Spanish tax authorities to the tune of £900,000 over image rights payments during his time at Barcelona.

In turn, given that he is a first-time offender in Spain and the sentence is less than 24 months, it has been suspended and so he won't actually be spending any time behind bars.

The Chilean has been found guilty of tax fraud committed during his time with former club Barcelona.

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Sanchez, 29, is the latest in a long line of high-profile players to have been prosecuted by the Spanish court for alleged tax evasion.

The news comes after Lionel Messi was convicted of a similar offence past year, he was sentenced to 21 months in jail, although he did not serve any of the sentence either.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, meanwhile, was accused of owing €14.7m but has protested his innocence in an ongoing case.

While it was the first goal for Sanchez with United, it was his eighth of the Premier League season to go along with three assists.

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