As reported by The BBC, Alexis Sanchez has pled guilty to tax fraud in Spain and accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in exchange for avoiding a trial.
Spanish prosecutors have alleged that Sanchez failed to pay tax from the income derived from his image rights in 2012 and 2013 when he was playing for Barcelona at the time.
Although his agent denied the charges when the issue was first raised in 2016, saying that the Chilean forward had “fully obeyed laws” and paid all the tax due on income from his image rights, Sanchez has now admitted responsibility and accepted the suspended sentence.
Sanchez is by no means the only player to face such an issue. Last month. Former Tottenham midfielder and current Real Madrid star Luka Modric, paid Spanish authorities nearly €1 million to accept his own image rights tax case, whilst both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also recently faced tax charges.
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