Man United forward Sanchez given 16-month prison sentence - FCNaija

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/02/2018

Alexis Sanchez Manchester United FC

Manchester United's January signing Alexis Sanchez has reportedly accepted a 16-month prison sentence, after defrauding the Spanish tax authorities during his time with Barcelona.

The 29-year-old Chilean admitted to evading payments totalling €983,443 (£874,810) in 2012 and 2013 while he was at Camp Nou and has reached an agreement with the prosecutor to pay the money he owes with interest.

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Sanchez will not serve any of the prison sentences due to being a first-time offender in Spain and due to the punishment being less than 24 months.

Former Udinese and Arsenal star must now attempt to avoid any further punishment within the next two years to avoid serving jail time, in a similar instance to many other La Liga based stars including Lionel Messi.

Messi was given a 21-month prison sentence in 2016, although that was changed to a €252,000 (£223,000) fine last year.

Ex-Barcelona star Mascherano was given a one-year prison sentence and a €800,000 (£611,000) fine in 2016.