Alexis Sanchez’s agent has confirmed that his client has accepted a prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain.
Reports on Wednesday revealed that the Manchester United forward had agreed a deal with the state attorney to accept charges against him for defrauding the Spanish treasury of €1m while he was at FC Barcelona in 2012-13.
Official accounts stated that the Chilean International had used a company based in Malta to receive image rights paid by the Catalan club
Sanchez has accepted the charges while also agreeing to a 16-month prison sentence. He will repay the amount in full, plus interest, but with the prison sentence being less than two years he will not serve any time in jail.
However, Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich described the agreement as “entirely unjust” and accused the Spanish authorities for effectively forcing him and other players into signing the deal.
“Once again, there has been a leak from the Spanish tax office, [this time] outlining an agreement between our client Alexis Sánchez and public prosecutors,” Felicevich said in a statement.
The agent accused the state of changing its interpretation of the law and pursuing professional footballers, particularly foreigners, exercising pressure through “obscene” leaks to the media and the threat of long legal processes and prison sentences.
“Despite having demonstrated that Alexis has committed no crime, we have been obliged, following the recommendations of our [legal] advisers, to accept the unjustified pact offered in order to palliate the emotional, personal and economic cost of long, tedious, trials where the media are used to publicly expose and judge private matters.”