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Tax fraud: Diego Costa gets €543,208 fine.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been fined €543,208 and handed a six-month prison sentence for tax fraud.

The 31 year-old pleaded guilty to defrauding the state of more than €1m by not declaring payments of over €5.15m from his 2014 move to Chelsea in the UK and not did not declare more than €1m in image rights.

He will not serve jail term as Spanish legal system allows sentences under two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a fine.

An Atletico spokesman told the Reuters news agency, “Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest, and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn.” 

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