Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa sentenced to 6 months in prison over tax fraud

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Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa, has been sentenced to 6 months in prison after he conceded defrauding the tax authorities in Spain.

According to Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, Costa pleaded guilty to a tax offense amounting to €1.1million.

The former Chelsea star was accused of defrauding the treasury of more than £900,000 by not declaring payments of more than €5.15m (£4.63m) after his move to Chelsea in 2014.

The Spanish treasury denounced the 31-year-old (Diego Costa) for defrauding the authorities regarding €1m (£890,000) in image rights.

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The tax agency added another fiscal crime to Costa before withdrawing and halving the fine.

Costa has now agreed to pay €36,000 fine to avert any jail time.

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