Manchester United star forward, Alexis Sanchez, has accepted a 16-month jail term for tax fraud

Manchester United star forward, Alexis Sanchez, has accepted a 16-month jail term for tax fraud

The sentence is a suspended one, in return for Sanchez having avoided a trial. The former Arsenal man has been on trial in Spain for unpaid taxes, amounting to €1million.

These were taxes owed Spanish authorities from the images rights deals of the 29-year-old from 2012 and 2013, of which he has now been sentenced to prison.

However, despite the ruling, Sanchez, who was accused back in 2016, won’t be going to prison, as according to Spanish laws, he is a first offender.

The Chilean joined United from rivals, Arsenal, in January, in a swap deal that saw Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.

He becomes the latest high profile football personality to be charged  for tax related issues, by Spanish authorities after Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona also each faced similar cases in Spain.

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