Costa could serve six months in prison


Diego Costa could be slapped with shock six-month prison sentence in the latest scandal of the Atletico Madrid star.

Costa, 31, is set to face trial on 4 June under charges of tax fraud and reports in Spain suggest that prosecutors are calling for six-months behind bars.

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Spanish news outlet Cadena Ser claims the Atletico striker 'defrauded' the Spanish state of over €1-million for not declaring payments for image rights after joining Chelsea in 2014.

The report further adds that Costa is facing a fine of €507 208 (R9.9-million) on top of the potential time behind bars, in the latest footballer tax fraud scandal.

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FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho have all faced similar charges with suspended prison sentences due to being first-time offenders.

Laws in Spain also allow sentences of under two-years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for fines, meaning Costa would have to add an additional €36 500 (R715 000) to his overall fine to avoid jail time.

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