The Barcelona ace is sentenced to one year in jail by the Catalonia court on charges for evading tax payments back in 2011 and 2012. A court filing stated that the Argentine has repaid the evaded amount with interest, but the player received the jail sentence amid paying an extra fine of €816,000.
Javier Mascherano allegedly hide his earnings through image rights as he did not declare his earnings for the year 2011 and 2012. The player used the companies he owns abroad to conceal his earnings as per the reports and was brought in front of the Spanish court. The case’s final hearing concluded that the player will have to spend a year in jail.
The Argentine admitted himself that he unintentionally evaded the tax payments worth €1.5m and repaid the full amount with interests (i.e) €1.75m. The court also fined the a hefty €816,000. The 31-year-old paid all that money and yet he received a sentence to prison which shocked not only the player but the entire Football world.
Mascherano is one of the most respected players of this generation for his game, his achievements and for his leadership qualities on and off the pitch. The player has appealed a request to the Catalonia court to drop the charged and he is willing to pay more fine if the court demands.
According to reports in Spain, a judge will now investigate the case and may grant the player his wish that the player will be ordered to pay more fine. It is expected that the player will get his request accepted and may not serve the prison sentence, thanks to the player’s professionality on the Football pitch.
After the hearing, the former Liverpool defender went to twitter to tweet a status in which he claimed that he was not aware of the rules for tax and the other things as he is only meant to concentrate on his profession which is football. From his tweet:
“I’m a sporting professional, I don’t have a great understanding of taxes and law. 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.”
From Javier Mascherano’s official twitter account:
— Javier Mascherano (@Mascherano) January 21, 2016