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Costa to face trial for tax fraud

first_imgATLETICO 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.last_img read more