- Diego Costa has been handed a six-month prison sentence
- The Atletico Madrid striker was found guilty of evading tax payments
- He was accused of defrauding the state of more than £900,000 by not declaring some earnings
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been handed a six-month prison sentence following tax fraud in Spain, but the former Chelsea striker will have to part with €36,000 fine to avoid any jail time.
Costa was found guilty of evading tax fee of about £900,000 (€1million) from money earned by image rights.
Top Spanish outlet El Mundo are reporting that the Brazilian striker pleaded guilty to a tax offence amounting to €1.1m.
He was said to have defrauded the state of more than £900,000 by not declaring payments of more than €5.15m (£4.63m) after his move to Chelsea in 2014.
The tax agency denounced Costa for defrauding the authorities regarding €1m (£890,000) in image rights.
Spain is known to have heavily dealt with footballers over the issue of tax fraud as it also affected Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in 2017.
Recall that the Argentine captain and his father Jorge were sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud that year but they did not spend any time behind bars due to their clean criminal record.
The Messis were found to have evaded tax on Lionel’s image rights, owing more than €4m in back payments.
Court of Catalonia has now taken action and now sentenced the pair to just under two years in prison.
However, as the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time. Leo Messi had argued that he wasn’t aware of the tax arrangements set in place by his father and other advisors.
The state attorney, Mario Maza however compared the player to a mafia boss, who denies knowing any the illegal operations were going on in his name.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has been told to appear in court following a legal battle with his former agent over settlement of £3.4million.
Kante has been officially served summon due to a contract dispute between himself and former agent Nouari Khiari which reportedly dates back to 2016.
French outlet L’Equipe are reporting that Khiari is alleging that the Chelsea midfielder is owing him £3.4m and they are yet to reconcile.
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