Mascherano found guilty of tax evasion….

El jugador del FC Barcelona Javier Mascherano reconoce ante fraude fiscal

Spanish newspaper El Mundo are suggesting that Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been sentenced to a year in prison and an 815,000 euro fine for tax evasion after appearing in court on Thursday. El Mundo also report that, Mascherano admitted defrauding the treasury of 1.5m euros in 2011 and 2012, the Barcelona star has asked the judge if he can pay a further fine of 21,000 euros rather than serve the one-year prison term. A judge will rule if Mascherano can escape a one-year jail term in exchange for paying an increased fine. In a statement, the 31-year-old said: “I don’t have a great understanding of taxes and law. To deal with what are for me technical and complicated matters, I have to rely on other people. “Throughout all my career I have been an honest person, responsible and respectful of the clubs that I have played for and the countries I have lived in.”

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