Diego Costa Punished For Tax Fraud

As a first-time offender, Diego Costa will pay a compensation to the Spanish authorities (Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of more than €1 million (GHC6,502,278) after failing to declare payments of over €5m earned from his 2014 move to Chelsea.

The striker was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday, June 4, 2020, but Spanish law states that non-violent crimes with a punishment of under two years imprisonment can instead be resolved with a fine for first-time offenders.

In Costa’s case, the Brazil-born Spanish international will pay an additional amount 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.

Diego Costa in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 game against Liverpool

Costa left Atletico Madrid in July of 2014 after Chelsea agreed to meet the forward’s £32m buy-out clause.

A divisive figure due to his common practice of football’s so-called dark arts, Costa won two Premier League titles and a League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge, bagging a respectable 59 goals across 120 appearances.

His exit from the Blues came in rather acrimonious circumstances, with then head coach Antonio Conte having sent the player a text message telling him that he was no longer part of his plans for the West London club.

Costa eventually secured a deal to the Spanish capital in 2017 but he could not represent the club until the beginning of 2018 due to a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.

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source: Goal

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