Di Maria strikes tax-fraud deal
Angel Di Maria agreed to a deal with Spain's state prosecutor yesterday in which the former Real Madrid forward admitted to two counts of tax fraud of almost €1.3 million (US$1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.
In a document reviewed by The Associated Press, Di Maria's lawyer accepted the two counts, which relate to fraud committed in 2012 and 2013. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of nearly €800,000 (US$890,000).
Di Maria, who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.
The deal will have to be ratified by a judge when the case goes to court.
The case involves income the Argentina forward made from image rights, not from his salary paid by Real Madrid.
The document formalising the deal between the parties said that Di Maria used a company in Panama to avoid tax.
In March, a day after being summoned to answer a judge's questions regarding the fraud investigation, Di Maria paid €1.45 million euros (US$1.6 million) to Spain's Tax Office.
Di Maria, 29, played for Real Madrid from 2010-2014 before a move to Manchester United prior to joining PSG.