Xabi Alonso prosecutors seek five-year jail term for alleged tax fraud
Last Updated: 21/03/18 12:24pm
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a five-year jail sentence and a fine of €4million (£3.5m) for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso over accusations of tax fraud.
Alonso is accused of not disclosing the full amount he was paid in image rights during his time at Real Madrid.
Prosecutors say he defrauded the Spanish state of £1.75m between 2010 and 2012 and called for the same sentence to be applied to Alonso's financial advisor Ivan Zaldua Azcuenaga and the administrator of consultancy shell company, Ignasi Maestre Casanova.
The case against Alonso had initially been dismissed but was reopened earlier this year.
Alonso and all those accused have denied any wrongdoing.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the subject of investigations by Spanish authorities in the last 12 months.
Messi was given a 21-month jail sentence for tax evasion last July but it was later changed to a £225,000 fine.