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Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti faces tax fraud allegations, prosecutors seek jail term

Posted : 06 March 2024

Spanish state prosecutors are seeking a jail term of four years and nine months for Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, alleging his involvement in defrauding the country's tax office. The charges pertain to two counts of tax fraud between 2014 and 2015, related to Ancelotti's earnings from image rights, amounting to over €1 million ($1.09 million).


Ancelotti, 64, is accused of omitting income linked to the exploitation of his image rights that had been transferred to other entities, resulting in a calculated loss of €1,062,079, as stated by the Spanish Treasury.


The former Chelsea and AC Milan coach initially joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 but was dismissed in May 2015.


He returned to coach the Spanish giants in June 2021 and recently extended his contract until June 2026. The prosecutor's claim underscores a recurring trend of Spanish tax authorities investigating players and coaches, particularly involving income from image rights.


Notable football figures like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have faced legal scrutiny in the past. Messi was convicted of tax fraud in 2016, receiving a fine to avoid a prison sentence, while Ronaldo pleaded guilty to fraud in 2019, agreeing to a €19 million fine.


Additionally, former player Xabi Alonso was acquitted of fraud in 2019, a verdict upheld by Spain's Supreme Court in 2021, as it found no evidence of concealing income through the transfer of image rights to an overseas company. Ancelotti's case adds to the ongoing legal saga involving football personalities and tax-related issues in Spain.


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