Samuel Eto’o performed for Barcelona from 2004 to 2009© AFP
Former Cameroon soccer star Samuel Eto’o has struck a take care of Spanish prosecutors to keep away from going to jail for tax fraud he dedicated whereas taking part in for Barcelona, a court docket within the metropolis introduced Monday. Eto’o, who performed for Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, obtained a wonderful and a 22-month suspended sentence however won’t serve any time, as is customary in Spain for jail phrases of beneath two years for non-violent crimes. Reviews in Spain declare Eto’o, 41, pays a wonderful of 1.8 million euros ($1.9 million).
The document four-time African footballer of the 12 months and Jose Maria Mesalles — his former consultant, who for his half was sentenced to 12 months and a wonderful — should reimburse Spanish tax authorities for the quantity defrauded, round 3.9 million euros.
Prosecutors accused Eto’o of failing to declare revenue from the switch of picture rights between 2006 and 2009.
In keeping with them, Eto’o transferred his picture rights to an organization primarily based in Hungary which declared his earnings in that nation, the place the tax fee is likely one of the “lowest in Europe”.
Eto’o was the “actual holder of the picture rights”, maintained the prosecution, in accordance with whom the switch was fraudulent and solely designed to pay much less tax.
Eto’o, who final 12 months was elected head of the Cameroonian soccer federation, is one in every of quite a few soccer stars to have a run-in with Spanish tax authorities, following the likes of , and .
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