Sports - Samuel Eto'o to face 10-years imprisonment as prosecutors recommend 9 523 185 100F CFA over tax fraud

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Spanish prosecutors have recommended that former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o should serve more than 10 years in prison for alleged tax crimes committed while he played for the Catalan club.
Spanish court documents reveal that prosecutors are investigating FOUR counts of tax fraud that totals to nearly the equivalent of 2 597 232 300 F CFA(Two Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety Seven Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Two Thousand Three Hundred Francs)from 2006 until 2009, when the Cameroon international left the club to join Inter Milan.
They are demanding for a fine of 9 523 185 100F CFA(Nine Billion Five Hundred and Twenty Three Million, One Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand One Hundred Francs) for defrauding Spain’s tax authority, and are seeking the same punishment for the player’s agent at the time, Jose Maria Mesalles Mata.
Eto’o, 35, currently plays for Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor, having also played for Sampdoria and Everton in recent years. The well-travelled striker came through the Real Madrid academy before joining Real Mallorca in 2000, and Barcelona signed him four years later where he went on to become one of the best goalscorers in world football, helping the Catalans to three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns before he left the Nou Camp in 2009.
Eto’o won a third European title with Inter Milan in 2009/10 under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, and he linked up with the Portuguese once again when he joined Chelsea for the 2013/14 season.
The news comes a day after Spanish prosecutors recommended a two-year jail sentence and $10.6m fine be given to Neymar for his part in a corruption case that surrounds his controversial transfer from Santos to Barcelona.



Eto’o’s former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi, was charged with tax fraud earlier this year. Messi and Javier Mascherano both received prison sentences of 21 months and 12 months respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud, though they were suspended and resulted in neither serving any jail time providing they do not offend again during their suspended sentences.
If found guilty, Eto’o is likely to serve jail time given prosecutors are seeking a much more severe punishment that those handed to Messi and Masherano and the one recommended for Neymar if he is charged.

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