Sanchez's agent blasts tax witch-hunt
Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 15:41
The agent of Alexis Sanchez has blasted Spanish authorities while reiterating his clients' innocence in the wake of his 16-month suspended prison sentence.
Sanchez pleaded guilty on Wednesday to evading tax payments on an image rights deal during his time with La Liga giants Barcelona, but now his agent has come out to slam the investigation process.
According to Fernando Felicevich, his client reluctantly agreed to the punishment to avoid a lengthy legal battle that would tarnish his professional football career.
"Spanish prosecutors and its treasury department have placed more than 30 professional footballers in the same situation, accusing them of the same crimes and threatening them with prison sentences," Felicevich said via a statement via his Facebook account.
"In these circumstances, and despite having shown that Alexis has not committed any crime, we have been obliged on the recommendation of our advisors, to accept this unjust agreement and therefore alleviate the emotional, personal and economic erosion caused by having to endure lengthy trials.
"Seeing the nightmare companions like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, etc have been through, we have reached the conclusion that it is better to accept an unfair settlement so we can move on and not continue to be subjected to media and political pressures."