Sanchez handed prison sentence for tax fraud

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Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month prison sentence for committing tax fraud during his time at Barcelona, although he will not spend time in jail.

The Chile global, who arrived at the Red Devils from Arsenal last month, was accused of using an off-shore account in Malta to defraud the Spanish Treasury of £890k (R14,9m) in 2013, during his stint with Barcelona.

The Manchester United striker 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.

In Spain, just sentences over two years are met with genuine correctional facility time in spite of the fact that Sanchez will be imprisoned on the off chance that he carries out a comparative wrongdoing inside the following two years. Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano have all been convicted of tax evasion in recent years, while Cristiano Ronaldo is now fighting alleged tax fraud charges.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was handed a 21-month jail sentence in 2016 for evading €4.1 million on image rights - but that was altered to a €252,000 fine past year.

File: Alexis Sanchez during his time at Barcelona in 2014.

Javier Mascherano, formerly Messi's team-mate at Barca, was given a one-year prison term for evading more than €1.5 million.

Sanchez's former Barca team-mate Messi was given a 21-month prison sentence in 2016, but exchanged it for a £223,000 fine past year.

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