Sergio Ramos admitted that he had appealed a fine imposed by the Spanish tax office for alleged irregularities in the gains for his image rights.
According to Spanish daily El Mundo, the Real Madrid defender is the latest La Liga player to be investigated by Spanish tax authorities. The Spain international was fined 1 million euros for paying less tax on his 2012, 2013 and 2014 returns via a Spanish-based company regarding his advertising revenues.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account, the Meringue captain did not disclose the purpose of the fine, but said it was an “administrative fine and not a criminal offense.”
Comunicado oficial pic.twitter.com/wwgVQ7tlWC
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) October 23, 2019
Also, Ramos stated – after paying the fine – that he would appeal, while stating that he “fully complies with his tax obligations to the Spanish tax office”.
“The tax authority notified me of different standards during the 2012-2014 period after changing the criteria it had itself put in place in previous years,” he said.
“Given my disagreement with the change in the criteria” and that “I have fully reimbursed everything”, Ramos says he “exercised his right to appeal.”
It should be noted that many high-level football players have been investigated and fined for tax evasions in Spain, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, who accepted 19 million euros and a 23-month suspended sentence for tax evasion. For his part, Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months and reimbursed about 17 million euros in taxes. Neymar had also been prosecuted for tax evasion.