Diego Costa fined for his tax fraud

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Spanish judicial sources said Thursday that 31-year-old Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was sentenced to a fine of 543,000 euros after he admitted defrauding the tax authorities by more than one million euros.

Costa was sentenced to six months in prison, and the sentence was reduced after an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office to a fine of 36 thousand euros, in addition to another fine of 507208 euros because of the large amount that was fraudulent.

According to the court ruling, which was seen by Agence France-Presse, he paid “1.14 million euros last August and paid all tax debts, including interest,” which facilitated an agreement with the Spanish judicial system.

The Atletico striker appeared before a regional court in Madrid Thursday, accompanied by his lawyer, to attend a short trial, where he was left to sign the agreement with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, whose requests for conviction were detailed.

Costa originally accused the Brazilian of not including his tax return for 2014, when he signed his transfer contract to Chelsea, the gains he obtained from the deal with the London club.

According to the Spanish court, the wage paid by Chelsea “was 5.15 million euros, declared in the United Kingdom, knowing that this income is taxed in Spain.”

The court added that the international player also concealed “1.37 million euros in exchange for income from the exploitation of his image rights.”

Costa left Atletico Madrid at the end of the 2013-2014 season to join Chelsea, then returned to him in January 2018.

In recent years, the Spanish tax authorities have closely monitored the football economy, and big stars such as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi from Barcelona, ​​Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, and former Juventus are currently convicted of tax evasion.

The last cases of former Real Madrid player Xavi Alonso were cleared last November after being accused of tax fraud of two million euros while playing with the royal team.