Alleged tax fraud: Diego Costa bags six months jail term

first_img Loading… Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been sentenced to six months in prison for tax fraud in Spain – but the Atletico Madrid ace will pay €36,000 fine to avoid any jail time. Spanish outlet El Mundo report the Brazilian forward pleaded guilty to a tax offence amounting to €1.1m. He is accused of defrauding 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. The Spanish treasury added another fiscal crime to Costa before withdrawing and halving the fine. However, they did give the striker an advance on his wages, meaning he could pay the fine in full.Advertisement The fee is said to be around €500,000 (£450,000). Barcelona ace Lionel Messi and former Real Madrid ace and now Juve forward Cristiano Ronaldo had running battle with authorities over tax issue Costa was called to testify in June last year, acknowledging the charges put against him. The 31-year-old was spotted arriving in court today for a short period of time, donning a protective face mask. An Atletico spokesman said on Wednesday: “Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn. Read AlsoAlonso acquitted of tax fraud by Madrid court Costa is not the only player to have had a running battle with authorities in Spain over tax issues. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and former Real Madrid ace now Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo have had their fair share of the tax headache, both players ended up avoiding jail terms and paying fines instead. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”last_img

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