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ATLETICO Madrid forward Diego Costa is to face trial on June 4 for tax fraud.According to a court filing, Costa, 31, defrauded the state of more than 1 million euros (£813 000) by not declaring payments of more than 5.15 million euros (£4.19M) from his 2014 move to Chelsea.In addition, he did not declare more than 1 million euros in image rights.Prosecutors in Madrid want the Spain international to be given a six-month prison sentence and a fine of 507 208 euros (£457 128).Spanish law allows sentences below two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a fine, so if found guilty Costa would avoid prison if he paid an additional fine of 36 500 euros (£32 896).Costa re-joined Atletico from Chelsea in 2017.The amounts Costa is alleged to have defrauded the Spanish government in 2014 are accurate using the currency exchange rates at the time.
Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Betsson AB announces its ‘biggest sports sponsorship’ to date, confirming that it has become the ‘lead sponsor and exclusive betting partner’ of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). “Betsson is one of the leading gaming companies in the Nordics and its roots go as far back as 1963. As the main sponsor, Betsson, together with SHL, will add to the development of the league and ice hockey in general, mainly by financially supporting the clubs but also by increasing the engagement in hockey” the Stockholm-listed enterprise details in its corporate update.Updating the market, Peter Zäll Chief Strategy Officer at Betsson AB, stated that the firm’s SHL sponsorship would emphasise social responsibility, combined with a commitment to developing Swedish ice hockey public initiatives.“We want to support and develop Swedish hockey. The financial support to SHL, and thereby the 14 participating clubs, is the foundation of the partnership. We want to be the most engaged partner they’ve had so far – one who cares for Swedish hockey and its amazing history. We are very proud to be the main sponsor for Sweden’s platform for hockey,”Betsson marketing, detailed that it was pleased to secure its transformative sponsorship arrangement with the SHL, ahead of the Sweden re-regulating its online gambling market this January 2019.“We want to make it clear to the industry, customers and potential customers in Sweden which companies are serious and support Swedish sports.” Zäll further details.“Hockey is huge in Sweden, and SHL is one of the best leagues in the world. Supporting the teams financially is, of course, the main thing here, but we will also be an engaged sponsor and bring the hockey closer to our customers. That means meet-and-greet, podcasts, interviews, stats, best odds – to mention some examples.”Securing SHL’s biggest sponsorship ever Jörgen Lindgren, CEO of Swedish Hockey League backed Betsson’s commitments;“Betsson is a strong and safe partner and is also instrumental for our vision for SHL. We want to make Sweden’s best hockey reach many more, also outside of Sweden. With Betsson, we get an international partner that will give substantial financial support to the clubs, and also a partner that loves the sport and the excitement that comes with it.”
Filip Djuricic Mainz have beaten Newcastle to the signing of Serbian star Filip Djuricic.Magpies manager Alan Pardew is in the market for new forwards after Loic Remy returned to parent club QPR at the end of his loan.He had been strongly linked with Benfica’s Djuricic, who failed to establish himself during his first season in Portugal following his switch from Heerenveen last summer.Newcastle reportedly attempted to sign him during January but Benfica were still hopeful of getting the best out of the 22-year-old.But, as talkSPORT told you in April, it was reported that the two clubs had opened negotiations about a summer switch for Djuricic.However the Premier League club will have to look elsewhere after he completed a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Mainz. 1