Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of more than €1 million on Thursday.
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The Spanish player failed to declare payments of over €5 million earned from his move to Chelsea in 2014.
However, the court said the footballer will pay his adopted country compensation, instead of spending time behind bars.
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The Spanish law states that non-violent crimes with a punishment of under two years’ imprisonment can instead be resolved with a fine for first-time offenders.
In Costa’s case, the Brazil-born Spain international will cough out an additional payment of just over €500,000 to the missing €1 million, in order to fully satisfy the court.
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His failure to declare his image rights also came under the state’s microscope.
Costa left Atletico in July of 2014, after Chelsea agreed to meet the forward’s £32 million buy-out clause.
He won two Premier League titles and a League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge, bagging 59 goals across 120 appearances.
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His exit from the London club occurred rather in acrimonious circumstances, with then head coach, Antonio Conte, having sent the player a text message, telling him that he was no longer part of his plans at the club.
Costa eventually secured a deal to return to the Spanish capital in 2017, although not before going into self-exile in Brazil, following his spat with Conte.
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He could not represent the club until the beginning of 2018, due to a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.