Di Maria Sentenced To One Year In Prison In Spain Over Tax Fraud

Di Maria Sentenced To One Year In Prison In Spain Over Tax Fraud

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria has been handed a one-year prison sentence in Spain after admitting to tax fraud.



According to thesun.co.uk, Di Maria, 29, defrauded the Spanish government a sum of £1.14million during his time with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.


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It was reported that Di Maria made a deal with authorities to avoid a trial at the Spanish Supreme Court – which found Lionel Messi guilty of similar offence last year.



Di Maria admitted to two separate counts of fraud – each of which will carry a six-month sentence – and will pay a fine of £1.76m.


The Argentine is however unlikely to spend any time behind bars as sentences of under two-years are usually suspended, providing the convicted has no criminal record.


Di Maria joins a list of high profile football stars like Barcelona duo Messi, Javier Mascherano Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who have had tax issues with the Spanish authorities. 

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