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Sanchez Sentenced To 16 Months' Jail For Tax Fraud

Alexis Sanchez Sentenced To 16 Months' Jail For Tax Fraud

By David Kappel - Feb 07, 2018 01:45 PM @kappilinho

Manchester United's new record earner Alexis Sanchez has been handed a 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud, according to the latest reports.

Read: The Highest Paid EPL Stars After Sanchez's Man Utd Deal

The Chilean has been accused of tax fraud worth €1 million (R14.8 million) relating to image rights from his time at FC Barcelona.

Sanchez reportedly did not declare his image rights earnings back in the 2012/13 campaign, and has been handed the sentence by a Spanish court, as reported by Football Espana.

However, because the United star is a first-time offender and his sentence is not longer than 24 months, Sanchez will not actually have to go to prison.

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

Read: Rooney: What Mourinho Must Do With Pogba

Sanchez is not the first footballer to receive a similar judgement. Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud between 2007 and 2009, but his sentence was suspended because – similar to Sanchez – the Argentine was a first-time offender.

Why do you think so many players in Spain are guilty of tax fraud? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Mzumaro Joined: 04 Jun 2015
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Mzumaro Feb 08, 2018 10:12 AM
Its not a mafia country. Its well run n doing all the best to bring offenders to book. Tax invasion is a crime as it rob the country its potential to grow.
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No badges available Feb 08, 2018 10:01 AM
laliga is a very entertaining league but I will never advice any of my Country man to try their luck there as You will Forever be in Court if You are a Foreigner.
clemz7 Joined: 29 Dec 2013
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clemz7 Feb 07, 2018 09:22 PM
Spain is a Mafia country, I hate what there are doing to the players
Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Feb 07, 2018 09:09 PM
But he in manchester earning huge money
blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Feb 07, 2018 07:57 PM
@Ntsimbi08 Old people are unpredictable!
Ntsimbi08 Joined: 10 Jan 2013
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Ntsimbi08 Feb 07, 2018 04:13 PM
@blackmeteor very good,but I am not happy with Wenger not finding a way to play both Auba and Laca at the same time. We cant be sitting with 40M on the bench.
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Evergreenmessi Feb 07, 2018 03:07 PM
There is new zakias in Spain after the biblical one and oneday he will also face the music
Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni Feb 07, 2018 02:49 PM
Why alwayz spain government acuse foreign players abt tax fraud? I didnt here anything abt spanish players acuse abt this or they milking foreign players only
blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Feb 07, 2018 02:46 PM
@Ntsimbi08 He already paid it back, plus the interest...........and don't worry we have Aubameyang now!
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alizebucs1986 Feb 07, 2018 02:37 PM
The Tax Man in Spain is smoking something more stronger than Nyaope
Xolisa{khosificated} Joined: 28 Mar 2017
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Xolisa{khosificated} Feb 07, 2018 02:29 PM
Idiotic country
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Barca & tax, i think the club should be investigated because 9/10 if a player is accused of tax evation he's a Barca or former Barca player.
nazzi the second Joined: 23 Oct 2017
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nazzi the second Feb 07, 2018 02:13 PM
lol editor uyabhora
Default Joined: 13 Mar 2017
No badges available Feb 07, 2018 02:08 PM
Ay mr editor ure bored nw realy
Ntsimbi08 Joined: 10 Jan 2013
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Ntsimbi08 Feb 07, 2018 02:07 PM
Pay back the money you sell out!!!!!
ZZ2 vs Papa charles Joined: 06 Aug 2017
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 07, 2018 02:05 PM
why now!not b4!
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Feb 07, 2018 02:00 PM
Eat your sentence

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