Man Utd's Sanchez accepts sentence for tax fraud

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File: Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the FA Cup fourth round football match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park in Yeovil, Somerset on January 26, 2018.

File: Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the FA Cup fourth round football match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park in Yeovil, Somerset on January 26, 2018.

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File: Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the FA Cup fourth round football match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park in Yeovil, Somerset on January 26, 2018.

File: Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the FA Cup fourth round football match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park in Yeovil, Somerset on January 26, 2018.

MADRID - Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.

Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal last month, faced being tried over a one-million-euro (R14.7-million) fraud linked to image rights in 2012 and 2013 during his time at Spanish giants Barcelona, according to details of the deal.


File: Alexis Sanchez during his time at Barcelona in 2014. Credit: AFP