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Twitter reacts as Mascherano gets into trouble for tax evasion

Updated: 21 January 2016 23:42 IST - Published: 21 January 2016 23:30 IST
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Since his team complied with the investigation team, the court may allow Mascherano to walk free if he pays up another fine. His lawyer David Aineto had sought a furhter fine in exchange for suspending the one-year sentence.
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Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been sentenced to a year in prison after he was found guilty on two counts of tax evasion in 2011 and 2012. The Argentina international was also fined a whopping €815,000. However, reports suggest that Mascherano may not serve any time after repaying the money owed and agreeing to pay a huge fine. The former Liverpool midfielder had admitted to the offences he was charged with but sought leniency on the account of not knowing much about ‘legal and financial matters’.
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Javier Mascherano (back) stands before the judge on 21 January 2016 at the courthouse in Barcelona.
Javier Mascherano (back) stands before the judge on 21 January 2016 at the courthouse in Barcelona.