Spanish Striker, Diego Costa Gets 6-month Prison Sentence And Slapped With £482k Fine By Spanish Authorities In Tax Fraud Case

Former Chelsea striker, Diego Costa on Thursday, June 4 appeared at a Madrid court to ratify a deal he made with Spanish prosecutors to resolve a tax fraud scandal against him.

According to Spanish daily sports newspaper, AS, the 31-year-old striker was handed a six-month prison sentence, which he will not serve, and a total fine of €543,000 (£482,000) after the Atletico Madrid striker defrauded the Spanish state of more than €1m (£900,000) in 2014.
Ex-Chelsea striker, Diego Costa handed 6-month prison sentence and slapped with ?482k fine by Spanish authorities in tax fraud case (photos)
In a court filing published last month, Costa did not declare payments of just over €5m (£4.4m) from his 2014 transfer from Atletico to Chelsea in his tax return, as well as more than €1m (£900,000) in image rights. 

Due to the fact that Spanish law allows penal sentences below two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a financial penalty, Costa agreed to pay an additional fine of €36,500 (£32,000) on top of the €507,000 (£450,000) to avoid prison time.
Ex-Chelsea striker, Diego Costa handed 6-month prison sentence and slapped with ?482k fine by Spanish authorities in tax fraud case (photos)
'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with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn,' an Atletico spokesman said on Wednesday.

'This week it is expected that agreement will be ratified in court, as is mandatory.'

Diego Costa joins the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and ex-Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who all have been involved in tax fraud. None of them served prison time but did pay hefty fines. 

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  1. I really don't understand why footballer in Spain always found guilty of tax fraud, the likes of Mourinho as well

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