Former Barcelona virtuoso given suspended prison sentence in Spain

By Piyush

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A Spanish court said, former Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o has been given a suspended prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud for the time he featured for Barcelona.

In an agreement with tax authorities, Eto’o got a 22-month prison sentence and will repay nearly €4 million ($4.2 million) in taxes owed.

He evaded serving time because in Spain sentences shorter than 2 years can be suspended for first-time offenders.

Eto’o accepted the sentence, however blamed his representative, José Maria Mesalles, for what occurred. Mesalles was given a one-year prison sentence.

Eto’o, 41, played for Barcelona from 2004-09, assisting it triumph 2 Champions League titles and 3 Spanish league trophies.

He retired as a player a few years ago and is presently the President of the Cameroonian football federation.

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