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Javier Mascherano Sentenced To A Year In Prison For Tax Fraud... But He Probably Won't Do Time

21/01/2016 16:03 GMT | Updated 21/01/2016 16:59 GMT
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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 21: FC Barcelona's player Javier Mascherano (C) leaves the Barcelona's law court after his trial for unpaid taxes in Barcelona, Spain on January 21, 2016. (Photo by Albert Llop/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano was sentenced to a year in prison and fined €815,000 (£625,000) on Thursday for tax offences.

However, the lawyer for the Barcelona star has requested a fine replace the prison sentence, meaning he is unlikely to spend any time behind bars.

The argentine previously admitted two counts of fraud for 2011 and 2012, the 31-year-old allegedly concealing earnings from image rights by using companies based abroad.

Last year the player repaid €1.75m owed to the Spanish Treasury.

After the latest verdict in Catalonia, Mascherano tweeted: "I'm a sporting professional, I don't have a great understanding of taxes and law. To deal with what are for me technical and complicated matters, I have to rely on other people."

"Throughout all my career I have been an honest person, responsible and respectful of my team-mates and the clubs that I have played for and the countries I have lived in," he added.