Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez handed 16 month prison sentence

Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez handed 16 month prison sentence

Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez has been sentenced to 16 months in prison - but will escape any jail time.

Sanchez has reached an agreement whereby he will repay the money owed, plus interest, and recognised that he falsified the sale of his image rights to a foreign company in order to avoid paying tax.

Sanchez was charged with defrauding the treasury of €983,443 (£874,810) from 2012 to 2013.

A criminal complaint was raised against the 28-year-old by prosecutor Miguel Angel Perez de Gregorio over a failure to pay tax on image rights.

The former Barcelona and Liverpool player Javier Mascherano has accepted a one-year suspended jail sentence over a €1.5 million tax fraud.

According to Spanish law, the Chile forward will not spend time in prison as he is a first offender and the sentence is less than two years.

The striker is the latest in a long list of high profile prosecutions brought by Spanish authorities against football personalities and their tax payments.

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

In July 2016, Lionel Messi was found guilty of three counts of tax fraud, fined and given a suspended 21-month sentence.

Beyond that, Cristiano Ronaldo keeps claiming innocence in a case which sees hims accused of defrauding tax authorities of €13 million.

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