Diego Costa: Atletico Madrid star faces 6-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud

Diego Costa: Atletico Madrid star faces 6-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud

- Diego Costa has been accused of huge tax fraud in Spain

- He was alleged to have paid not more than £900,000 from the money he earned via image rights

- The former Chelsea man now risks six months' jail term

Atletico Madrid forward star Diego Costa has been alleged to have evaded tax payments after he paid not more than £900,000 from the money he earned from image rights, Daily Mail reports.

It is believed that if he is found guilty, the former Chelsea star could still escape jail time as the law in Spain allows a judge suspend prison sentences of two years and below.

It was alleged that Costa did not pay more than £900,000 (€1million) from money earned by image rights.

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The case is expected to be mentioned in court on Thursday, June 4, but his representatives have declined comments.

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Several football stars have faced the same issue of tax fraud in Spain including Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

In 2016, the Barcelona star was sentenced to 21 months in prison after £3.5m tax avoidance over three years, but the Argentinian did not step into the prison doors.

He was accused guilty of breaching three tax offences, which total around £3.5million in the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Messi was not only involved as his father Jorge was also given a 21-month sentence, but it has been reduced to 15.

Jorge Messi was originally ordered to pay a fine of £1.3 million, but that has been reduced to £1.1 million by the law court.

Lionel Messi's team-mates, Neymar and Javier Mascherano have also been accused of tax fraud, with the former ordered to stand trial.

Legit.ng earlier reported that there is tension in the Chelsea team as reports emerge that five players would be sold this summer in a bid to raise funds to sign-up Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell.

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According to ESPN, Frank Lampard is planning to rebuild his team and will now do anything possible to raise funds, not minding selling a number of first team players.

It was gathered that the tactician will not allow N’Golo Kante move to Real Madrid and will also quash Jorginho’s potential move to Italian giants Juventus.

Recall that the Blues were handed a transfer ban last summer and were not able to sign any player.

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