Di Maria to pay £1.76m fine to avoid jail for tax fraud

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The Argentina international has admitted to two separate offences, each of which hold six-month prison sentences but he will not face time behind bars

Angel Di Maria will pay a fine of £1.76 million to avoid spending time in prison after admitting to tax fraud.

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The Argentine winger defrauded the Spanish government of £1.14m during his time at Real Madrid and will subsequently pay a 60 per cent fine on top of what is already owed.

Di Maria admitted to two counts of fraud, which hold six-month sentences each, but will not face any jail time.

A number of elite players have been accused of fraud in recent months, including Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Messi was similarly found guilty of evading tax on his image rights and was handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence, along with his father, Jorge.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest player to find himself embroiled in such a controversy - he is alleged to have failed to pay €14.7m in image rights - leading to a saga over his future at Real Madrid.

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