Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa Appears in Court to Settle Tax Fraud Case

Ruben Hill
June 5, 2020

According to a court filing, the forward is accused of defrauding the state of more than 1 million euros (£900,000) by not declaring payments of more than 5.15m euros (£4.63m) following his move from Chelsea in 2014.

In Costa's case, the Brazil-born Spain worldwide will fork out an additional payment of just over €500,000 on top of the missing €1m in order to fully satisfy the courts, with a failure to declare image rights also having come under the state's microscope.

In accordance with Spanish law, which allows penal sentences below two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a financial penalty, Costa has agreed to pay an additional fine of €36,500 on top of the €507,208 to avoid jail time.

Recall that the Argentine captain and his father Jorge were sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud that year but they did not spend any time behind bars due to their clean criminal record.

The 31-year-old, who also played for Chelsea between 2014-2017, appeared in court in Madrid on Thursday morning dressed in a white mask.

Reuters  Handout  ATLETICO MADRID  AFP
Reuters Handout ATLETICO MADRID AFP

Costa is one of a number of football stars convicted of tax evasion by the Spanish authorities.

On Wednesday, Costa's current club Atletico Madrid confirmed he had an agreement to pay a fine, with interest to avoid jail time.

And Portugal and Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo cut a deal with a court in Madrid in January 2019 over tax avoidance charges, accepting an €18.8m fine.

The recent crackdown on high-profile footballers follows the removal of a tax exemption in 2010.

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