Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Alexis Sanchez Given 16-month Prison Sentence

Alexis Sanchez Given 16-month Prison Sentence

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.

Spanish new agency EFE reports Sanchez reached an agreement, having been accused of defrauding the Spanish Treasury of one million euros ($1.56m) and hiding the income of images rights between 2012 and 2013. He will repay the amount in full, plus interest.

Other players investigated in Spain include Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao.

As a result, the 29-year-old has received a suspended sentence of 16 months, meaning he won't spend any time inside a cell.

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

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He described Alexis's offences as only "supposed crimes", even though Sanchez's plea bargain involved admitting he had broken the law.

Fernando Felicevich's statement expressed anger about "repeated, continuous and obscene leaks" of information from such cases in Spain, suggesting it pressures figures in football to accept agreements.

Barcelona star Messi was handed a 21-month jail term in 2016, but managed to exchange it for a €250,000 fine a year ago, while Mourinho paid to settle his and Carvalho was given a fine and a seven-month sentence.

He labelled the deal unjust, claiming some foreigners were being exposed to "media and political pressure". "Almost the entire squad at Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have been put in this situation, as the clubs have used a means of paying tax that was accepted by the tax office in the past". In some cases, there is no choice but to bow to that pressure and, to avoid greater injustice, accept injustice like this.

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