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Samuel Eto’o pleads guilty to avoid prison time






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Former Cameroon .er, Samuel Eto’o has struck a deal with Spanish court to avoid jail term over tax fraud.

 

The former Barcelona forward received a fine and a 22-month suspended sentence but will not serve any time.

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After striking a deal with the government, Eto’o will pay a fine of 1.8 million euros ($1.9 million).

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The African star and his ex-representative Jose Maria Mesalles are to reimburse Spanish tax authorities with around 3.9 million euros.

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Prosecutors accused Eto’o of failing to declare income from the transfer of image rights between 2006 and 2009.

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According to them, Eto’o transferred his image rights to a company based in Hungary which declared his earnings in that country, w. the tax rate is one of the “lowest in Europe”.

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Eto’o is one of a number of football stars to have had issues with Spanish tax authorities, following the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, and even managers like Jose Mourinho.

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