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Barcelona’s Pique Ordered To Pay £1.89m Over Tax Evasion

Former Spain international and Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has been ordered to pay the Spanish authorities £1.89 million in tax arrears and fines for tax evasion.

The Tribunal Económico-Administrativo Central in Madrid upheld a decision from Spain’s country’s National Court concerning image rights payments from 2008 to 2010.

The verdict on Pique comes a month after his wife, Colombian musician Shakira, was questioned by a judge near Barcelona over alleged evasion of 14.5 million euros (£13m) in taxes.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner, who has not made any comment on the verdict, has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Pique’s case is one of several high-profile cases of tax evasion in Spain in recent years with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho all fined.

Messi, paid a two million euro (£1.8m) fine in 2016 and received a 21-month jail term, although the prison sentence was later reduced to a further fine of 252,000 euros (£227,000). 

Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo had a suspended two-year prison sentence before he agreed to pay 18.8 million euros (£16.9m) in fines and back taxes.

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