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Former Liverpool hero Xabi Alonso is acquitted of tax fraud in Madrid

Former Liverpool hero Xabi Alonso is acquitted of tax fraud in Madrid, where he was sentenced to five years in prison

  • Alonso was cleared on Tuesday by the Audiencia Provincial Court of Madrid
  • Prosecutors had claimed that he had avoided almost £ 2 million in taxes on image rights
  • Liverpool's former star had consistently protested against his innocence
  • He was the only player on a long list to choose a trial instead of paying for the treasury

Xabi Alonso arrives to attend a hearing on tax evasion on January 22, 2019 in Madrid.

Xabi Alonso arrives to attend a hearing on tax evasion on January 22, 2019 in Madrid.

Former Liverpool hero Xabi Alonso was acquitted today of tax fraud in Madrid, where he received a five-year prison sentence.

Alonso, who won the Champions League in his first season with Liverpool, was tried for three counts of prosecutors of tax fraud that he had committed between 2010 and 2012. He then played for Real Madrid.

The case revolved around nearly £ 2 million prosecutors alleging that Alonso had been evaded from image rights in taxation.

Alonso, 37, has consistently protested against his innocence and was the only one of a long list of footballers accused of tax fraud in Spain who decided to go to court instead of paying the tax she demanded plus fines to the Spanish treasure chest.

His trial ended last month and he was faced with two and a half years in prison after prosecutors lowered their initial prison sentence for five.

News that he was released was confirmed Tuesday by the Audiencia Provincial Court of Madrid in a 30-page ruling.

The 37-year-old talks to head coach Pep Guardiola (right) during his playing days for Bayern Munich in February 2016. He retired in 2017

The 37-year-old talks to head coach Pep Guardiola (right) during his playing days for Bayern Munich in February 2016. He retired in 2017

The 37-year-old talks to head coach Pep Guardiola (right) during his playing days for Bayern Munich in February 2016. He retired in 2017

It was not immediately clear whether the decision, taken by three procedural judges, would be appealed by public prosecutors.

Cristiano Ronaldo admitted tax fraud in January and agreed to pay a £ 16.5 million fine after concluding a deal with Spanish prosecutors and tax authorities in exchange for a 23-month suspended prison sentence.

The 34-year-old was accused of cheating the authorities between 2011 and 2014 of £ 12.9 million in unpaid taxes.

Sporenbaas Jose Mourinho also made a deal with the Spanish authorities in which he paid a fine of almost £ 2 million and admitted tax fraud to escape from prison.

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