SAMUEL E’TOO IN DANGER OF FACING JAIL TIME OF 10 YEARS OVER TAX CRIMES
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison term of more than 10 years for former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o for alleged tax crimes committed when he played for the Catalan club.
Prosecutors are also demanding a fine of $15.1 million (£12million) for the four counts of tax fraud for supposedly defrauding Spain’s tax authority of almost $4m (£3.2m) from 2006-09.
Prosecutors are seeking the same punishment for the player’s representative at the time, Jose Maria Mesalles Mata.
Eto’o played 198 times for Barcelona between 2004 and 2009, scoring 129 times for the Catalan outfit.
He lifted the Champions League twice during his time at the Nou Camp and collected three La Liga winners medals before moving to Inter.
The forward also spent time in the Premier League, playing for both Chelsea and Everton.
In July, Lionel Messi and his father were sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, although they were not sent to jail because sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended in Spain.
Neymar and Barcelona are also facing legal problems for issues related to the player’s transfer.