Xabi Alonso may face up to five years in jail for tax fraud if convicted
Ex Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso could get up to five years jail term if found guilty in tax fraud case.
The 36-year-old Spaniard is alleged to have failed to declare full amount of money he realized from image rights during his Real Madrid days.
Also Xabi Alonso could also be fined up to £3.5m if found guilty, however he has strongly denied false declaration or wrongdoings.
Spanish Prosecutors made a statement available to the press on Wednesday confirming they are seeking conviction against the former Spanish international.
“The Economic Crimes section of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid is seeking five years in prison for former soccer player Xabier Alonso Olano for the commission of three crimes against the Public Treasury during fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012,” this statement was released via PA.
“The representative of the Public Ministry claims the same penalty for the tax advisor Ivan Zaldua Azcuenaga and for the administrator of the company Kardazli Comercio Servicos de Consultoria e Investimentos LDA. Ignasi Maestre Casanova.
“Each of them, in addition, requires payment of a fine of 4 million euros and in concept of civil liability asks them to pay jointly 2,032,845 euros to the Tax Agency, that is, the amount total of the economic damage caused to the Tax Administration, plus the interest generated.”
Other football icons previously subjected to investigations were Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi was convicted and given 21-month jail sentence which was reduced to fine later.
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