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Angel Di Maria handed suspended jail sentence after admitting to tax fraud at Real Madrid

Angel di Maria of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and UD Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
Angel di Maria of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and UD Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria was handed a one-year suspended jail sentence by a Spanish court on Wednesday and will pay a fine of £1.76 million (€2m) to avoid prison after admitting to tax fraud during his time at Real Madrid.

Di Maria, who spent four years at Madrid between 2010 and 2014, admitted to two counts of fraud, which hold six-month sentences each, after defrauding the Spanish government of £1.14m (€1.3m) during his time at the Bernabeu.

However, the Argentine attacker will avoid jail time after agreeing to pay a 60 per cent fine on top of what is already owed.

His case is the latest episode of tax avoidance after former Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a Spanish judge on Tuesday.

Meanwhile former Real manager Jose Mourinho was accused by a state prosecutor of defrauding Spain's Tax Office of 3.3 million euros (£2.9 million) during his time as Los Blancos boss.

Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, among others, have already been convicted on tax fraud charges with Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, both found guilty of tax fraud with both men sentenced to 21 months each in prison.

Messi and his father were also fined 2 million euros each after they avoided paying 4.1 million euros in taxes.

Under Spanish law, a tax prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, meaning Messi and his father are very unlikely to actually serve time in jail.

* Additional reporting by Press Association.

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