Former Cameroon ahead Samuel Eto’o has been given a suspended jail sentence in Spain for tax fraud throughout the time he performed for Barcelona, a Spanish courtroom stated on Tuesday.
In an settlement with tax authorities, Eto’o acquired a 22-month jail sentence and can repay practically 4 million euros ($4.2 million) in taxes owed. He averted serving time as a result of in Spain sentences shorter than two years could be suspended for first-time offenders.
Eto’o, who was additionally fined, accepted the conviction however blamed his consultant, José Maria Mesalles, for what occurred. Mesalles was handed a one-year jail sentence.
The 41-year-old Eto’o performed for Barcelona from 2004-09, serving to it win two Champions League titles and three Spanish league trophies.
He retired as a participant a number of years in the past and is at the moment the president of the Cameroonian soccer federation.