LaLiga: Marcelo 'accepts prison term' and cops huge fine in tax fraud case

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With Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid looming, there are question marks over Marcelo's fitness.
With Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid looming, there are question marks over Marcelo's fitness.

Marcelo has agreed a four-month suspended prison sentence and will pay £670,000 after reaching an agreement for tax fraud.

Last October, the Real Madrid full-back was accused of evading payment to the Spanish treasury in relation to his image rights.

However, Spanish news agency EFE reported on Tuesday that a settlement has been reached with the Provincial Prosecutor's Office in Madrid, which will see the Brazilian pay a fine of €753,624.

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In the complaint, the public prosecutor said the defender, who joined Real Madrid in 2007, had used the tax structure seeking an "illegal fiscal benefit". The case dates back to 2013.

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Marcelo has reportedly negotiated a shorter than expected sentence, with his fine amounting to only 40 per cent of the amount he was accused of defrauding.

Despite accepting a four-month sentence, Marcelo will not see the inside of a prison with sentences of less than two years suspended in Spain for a first offence.

Marcelo is the latest in a line of high-profile figures in Spanish football to be punished in relation to tax affairs, with former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi among those to have reached settlements with prosecutors.

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