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Ex-Chelsea striker, Diego Costa sentenced to jail for tax fraud

Former Chelsea striker, Diego Costa appeared in a court in Madrid on Thursday to ratify an arrangement he reached with Spanish prosecutors to settle a lawsuit against him for tax evasion.

 Costa was handed a six-month prison sentence, which he will not serve, and a total fine of €543,000 (£482,000) after the Atletico Madrid striker defrauded the Spanish state of more than €1m (£900,000) in 2014.

According to the filing published last month, the 31-year-old did not declare payments of just over €5m (£4.4m) from his 2014 transfer from Atletico to Chelsea in his tax return, as well as more than €1m (£900,000) in image rights. 

Due to the fact that Spanish law allows penal sentences below two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a financial penalty, Costa agreed to pay an additional fine of €36,500 (£32,000) on top of the €507,000 (£450,000) to avoid prison time.


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