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Soccer player Di Maria strikes deal with Spanish prosecutor in tax case

Spanish prosecutors are accusing Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of tax fraud, the second time in less than a week that country's government has charged a soccer icon of not paying his taxes.

However, the deal must be formally processed in a hearing before a judge. In fact, prison sentences of two years or less are usually suspended in Spain for those without prior infractions. This is similar to deals struck with the Spanish taxman by fellow Argentinians Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi past year.

The news follows reports in Spain that suggest Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in court on July 31 in relation to separate accusations of tax fraud.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain for tax evasion in January 2016 while teammate Lionel Messi received a 21-month jail term last summer after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud.

Numerous players charged with tax fraud are represented by an agency owned by super agent Jorge Mendes.

It was not immediately possible to reach Di Maria's representatives for a comment.

Di Maria spent four seasons with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014 and the details of his case have been confirmed by the Spanish tax authorities.



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