Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa arrives in Madrid court to ratify pact reached in tax fraud case
Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa appeared in court wearing a white mask in the Spanish capital on Thursday to ratify a pact he made with prosecutors to resolve a tax fraud case against him.
Madrid: Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa appeared in court wearing a white mask in the Spanish capital on Thursday to ratify a pact he made with prosecutors to resolve a tax fraud case against him.
Prosecutors were asking for a six-month jail sentence and a fine of €507,208 ($564,877 dollars) to punish Costa for defrauding the Spanish state of €1,014,416 in 2014.
According to a court filing published last month, Costa, 31, did not declare payments of €5,150,622 from his 2014 transfer from Atletico to Chelsea in his tax return, as well as more than one million euros in image rights.
In accordance with Spanish law which allows penal sentences below two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a financial penalty, Costa has agreed to pay an additional fine of €36,500 on top of the €507,208 to avoid jail time.
“Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn,” an Atletico spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.
“This week it is expected that agreement will be ratified in court, as is mandatory.”
Spain international Costa, who was wearing a mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returned to Atletico from Chelsea in 2017 for a reported €55 million after helping fire the London side to two Premier League titles.
Losing to Athletic Bilbao means Atletico Madrid have won only six of their last 14 league games, with the momentum gained from consecutive wins over Eibar and Huesca proving short-lived.
Real Madrid have it all to do against Chelsea after drawing the opener 1-1 and they are playing catch-up in LaLiga too, after Atletico Madrid had earlier scraped to a 1-0 victory against struggling Elche.
Barcelona held on for a win that puts them level on points with Real Madrid, having a played a game less than the reigning champions.