Javier Mascherano’s lawyers are seeking to convert a one-year prison sentence into a fine after the Barcelona midfielder admitted two counts of tax fraud, according to reports in Spain.
The 31 year-old appeared in court on Thursday and accepted the one-year sentence as well as a fine of $972,000 euros, although it is expected he will not serve any prison time with his legal representatives having requested the sentence be suspended and replaced with a fine.
Mascherano, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2010, admitted fraud last year and according to a court filing has repaid $2.72 million, the full amount he owed plus interest.
To my English speaking fans. pic.twitter.com/gtokftSxWp— Javier Mascherano (@Mascherano) January 21, 2016
“Therefore, 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.
”’I reserve the possibility of action against those who have badly advised me by recommending something that was not right.”Culled from www.today.ng