Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Ricardo Carvalho gets suspended sentence, fine for tax fraud conviction

Ricardo Carvalho gets suspended sentence, fine for tax fraud conviction

The offences relate to his time in Spain during which he played for Real Madrid under the management of Jose Mourinho.

Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in prison after admitting to tax offences in Spain.

Two-time Champions League victor Carvalho is now plying his trade for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, however this latest news is expected to prompt him to call time on his playing career.

Under Spanish law, prison sentences for non-violent crimes of less than two years are suspended, which means that Carvalho is unlikely to spend time in jail.

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The prosecution office had requested a 12-month prison sentence and a €300,000 fine, however the court felt that was "disproportionate" and instead sentenced Carvalho to seven months in prison along with a €142,822 fine.

He was found guilty by the Spanish courts of hiding more than €545,000 worth of income gained from image rights in 2011 and 2012 whilst he was playing for Real Madrid.

Jorge Mendes client Carvalho, now 39 and playing in China for Shanghai SIPG, spent two seasons at Madrid from 2010 to 2012.

Carvalho's former clubs also include Porto and Monaco, while he won Euro 2016 with Portugal at worldwide level previous year.

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