Man U’s Alexis Sanchez Slammed 16-Month Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud

Alexis Sanchez has been handed a 16-month prison sentence for committing tax fraud during his time at Spanish giants Barcelona.

Snachez, 29, had been hauled to court for defrauding the treasury of €1 million between 2012 and 2013, in income from his image rights.

The Manchester United forward has however reached an agreement with the prosecutor to pay the money he owes with interest, Goal writes.

According to Spanish law, the Chile forward will not spend time in prison as he is a first offender and the sentence is less than two years.

The former Arsenal man is the latest football figure to be punished by Spanish prosecutors for an apparent dodging of taxes after Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Ricardo Carvalho have all been pursued by the authorities recently.

Barcelona star Messi was handed a 21-month jail term in 2016, but managed to exchange it for a €250,000 fine last year, while Mourinho paid to settle his and Carvalho was given a fine and a seven-month sentence.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, meanwhile, was accused of owing €14.7m and his case is still in court.

Former Udinese and Barcelona star Sanchez recently completed a shock move to Old Trafford in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

He has made three appearances for Mourinho’s side so far, scoring his first goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

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