Angel Di Maria, PSG Forward sentenced To Prison
Angel Di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain forward has been sentenced to one year in prison and will pay a £1.76million fine after admitting to tax fraud in Spain.
The Argentine defrauded the Spanish government of a sum of £1.14million during his four-year deal with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.
According to SunSports, Di Maria made a deal with authorities to avoid a trial at the Spanish Supreme Court – which found Lionel Messi guilty of similar crimes last year.
He admitted to two separate counts of fraud – each of which will carry a six-month sentence – and will pay 60 per cent fine on top of his arrears, coming to £1.76m.
The Argentinian is 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’s charges relate to the player’s image rights with Los Blancos in 2012 and 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, Radamel Falcao, Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao have all been investigated for related offences.
Ronaldo, 32, is due to appear in court on July 31 to face allegations he owes the Spanish tax man £13m.