Former Liverpool star sentenced to one year in prison

first_img Javier Mascherano 1 Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has been sentenced to one year in prison after admitting two counts of tax evasion.The 31-year-old appeared in court on Thursday and accepted the sentence as well as a fine of 815.000 euros (£625,000), although it is expected he will not serve any prison time with his legal representatives having requested the sentence be suspended and replaced with a fine.Mascherano, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2010, admitted fraud last year and according to a court filing has repaid 1.75million euros (£1.35m), the full amount he owed plus interest.Following Thursday’s ruling, the Argentina international released a statement via his Twitter account and the Barcelona website in which he said: “I’m a sporting professional, I don’t have a great understanding of tax and legal matters.“Therefore, 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 my team-mates and the clubs that I have played for and the countries I have lived in.”’I reserve the possibility of action against those who have badly advised me by recommending something that was not right.”last_img

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