Alexis Sanchez‘s agent believes his client has been treated ‘unfairly’ after the forward was punished with a 16-month suspended prison sentence for tax fraud. The 29-year-old Manchester United star admitted to evading payments totaling €983,443 (£874,810) in 2012 and 2013 while he was a Barcelona player.
Sanchez appeared in court via video link last month and pleaded guilty to concealing part of what he earned from image rights during his time in Catalonia. While the Chilean will not serve any time in jail, his representative, Fernando Felicevich, has blasted Spanish authorities over the punishment.
‘Today the Spanish Tax Agency has once again leaked details of an agreement between our representative Alexis Sanchez and Spanish prosecutors,’ Felicevich said in a statement.
‘Spanish prosecutors and its Treasury Department have placed more than 30 professional footballers in the same situation, accusing them of the same crimes and threatening them with prison sentences.
‘Almost every member of the Real Madrid and Barcelona squad have been placed in this situation, even though these clubs use a standard pay formula for their first team which has been accepted by the Spanish Treasury in the past.
‘Throughout all these cases, whilst violating the rights of those under investigation, the repeated, continuous and obscene leaks have been an element of pressure on the players to force them to accept agreements like the one today, which once again has been leaked to the media.
‘On some occasions, there has been no other way out but to surrender to the pressure, and to avoid worst injustices, accept unfair agreements like this one. ‘Many players and managers have had to do the same thing, and many others will continue to do so.’
Felicevich insists the ‘alleged crimes’ were practices that were once accepted by the Spanish authorities.
He added: ‘Prosecutors have decided on their own criteria which players to accuse, almost all of them foreigners, and exercised threats and public pressure through the media to force the players and managers to accept these totally unjust agreements.
– Metro News.