Former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso acquitted of tax fraud by Spanish court

  • Alonso was facing a five-year prison sentence for defrauding tax authorities of about 2 million euros ($2.2 million) from 2010-12.

  • Prosecutors also wanted Alonso to pay a fine of 4 million euros ($4.4 million), in addition to the amount allegedly defrauded. The irregularities were related to Alonso's income from image rights.

  • The case against Alonso had initially been dismissed but was reopened on request of prosecutors.

Madrid: Former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso has been acquitted of tax fraud in Spain.

The former midfielder was facing a five-year prison sentence for defrauding tax authorities of about 2 million euros ($2.2 million) from 2010-12.

 Former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso acquitted of tax fraud by Spanish court

File image of Xabi Alonso. Getty Images

Prosecutors also wanted Alonso to pay a fine of 4 million euros ($4.4 million), in addition to the amount allegedly defrauded. The irregularities were related to Alonso's income from image rights.

The retired Spain midfielder played for Madrid from 2009-14.

The case against Alonso had initially been dismissed but was reopened on request of prosecutors.

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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2019 09:06:20 IST