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Sanchez punished for tax evasion in Spain

08 February 2018

Alexis Sanchez has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for committing tax fraud in Spain but the Manchester United forward will avoid serving any jail time.

Local prosecutors' office Fiscalia de Barcelona confirmed that the 29-year-old has been handed two eight-month sentences for evading tax during his time at Barcelona. The Manchester United forward also had to pay more than 100,000 euros in interests for the amount defrauded.

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.

Those are charges, he alleges, which are founded upon a reinterpretation of the law and are forced through via underhand means.

The ex-Arsenal star is the latest football figure to be punished by Spanish prosecutors for an apparent dodging of taxes.

The sentence issued by Spanish authorities follows Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho all being found guilty of similar offences over the past three years.

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"Prosecutors and the tax office have put more than 30 players in the same situation, accusing them of the same crimes and threatening them with effective prison sentences", Felicevich said.

Alexis Sanchez playing for his old club Arsenal.

"Almost every member of the Real Madrid and Barcelona squad have been placed in this situation, even though these clubs use a standard pay formula for their first team which has been accepted by the Spanish Treasury in the past".

He added: "During all these processes, violating the rights of those investigated, continued, repeated and obscene leaks served as a means of exerting pressure to force players to accept agreements like the one that has been leaked today".

"On some occasions, there has been no other way out but to surrender to the pressure, and to avoid worst injustices, accept unfair agreements like this one". Many players and coaches have had to do this and many more will have to.

Sanchez punished for tax evasion in Spain