Mascherano gets one year jail sentence for tax evasion

Argentine international Javier Mascherano has agreed a settlement with Spanish authorities to repay £588,000 in connection with his tax evasion case in 2011 and 2012. The Barcelona defender has also agreed to serve a jail term of 12 months, but according to Spanish law, he will not serve any jail time.

Javier Mascherano was accused of evading tax in 2011 and 2012 after he failed to declare his earnings and ceded image rights to his companies in Portugal and US.

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A Spanish daily AS reveals that on 29th of October, Mascherano admitted in a court declaration that he defrauded authorities of over £1m in income in 2011 and 2012

Mascherano’s defence unit have been negotiating with prosecutors over his punishment for a long time, after he had paid back the money he owed and an interest plus penalty charges.

Cadena Ser has laid claims saying that Javier Mascherano and the prosecutors has reached an agreement. The Argentina international will pay an extra fine of £588,000 as penalty for the two charges.

The FC Barcelona defender was also sentenced to 12 months in prison which goes like this; four months for the first offence and eight months fir the second offence.

But according to Spanish rule of law, non-violent crimes with less than two years prison sentence will not require jail time, which means the Argentine international will walk away with only fine and penalty charges and no jail time.

While Javier Mascherano’s case seems to have ended, his fellow compatriot Lionel Messi still has his case in court, and will have to face up to 22 months in prison if found guilty of the charges pressed against him.

Messi and his father Jorge have been accused of tax evasion crime of more than €4m (£3.1m; $5m), which they are denying .

The prosecutors are clamouring for a 22-month jail term for both persons involved in the case. They claim that Messi’s father Jorge avoided paying tax on his son’s income by pushing it off to offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay in 2007 to 2009.