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Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants England return’: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.

Falcao makes 8 million-euro payment to Spanish taxman

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Madrid (AFP) – Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, suspected of tax evasion in Spain, has paid 8.2 million euros ($9.3 million) to Spanish tax authorities, judicial sources told AFP on Thursday.

Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico Madrid.

Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s prison sentences for tax fraud with fines.

The Argentine, one of the world’s best-paid players, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

Lionel Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced with fines the prison sentences handed down for tax fraud to Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and his father.

Messi, the best-paid footballer in the world according to the club, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

Lionel Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

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Barcelona (AFP) – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced with fines the prison sentences handed down for tax fraud to Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and his father.

Messi, the best-paid footballer in the world according to the club, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.

Super-agent Mendes summoned over Falcao tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Footballing super-agent Jorge Mendes, who manages Cristiano Ronaldo among others, has been summoned before a Spanish court as part of the probe into Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, legal sources said on Wednesday.

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Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe

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Barcelona (AFP) – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering operation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP.

The operation was mainly carried out in the north-eastern region of Catalonia and for the moment “there are four or five detainees, including the former president of Barca, Sandro Rosell, and his wife,” the police spokesman said.

Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe

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Barcelona (AFP) – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering operation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP.

The operation was mainly carried out in the north-eastern region of Catalonia and for the moment “there are four or five detainees, including the former president of Barca, Sandro Rosell, and his wife,” the police spokesman said.

Falcao, Coentrao in Spanish tax evasion lawsuits

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors said Tuesday they had filed lawsuits against Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao for allegedly hiding millions of euros in income from the tax office.

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Falcao, Coentrao in Spanish tax evasion lawsuits

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors said Tuesday they had filed lawsuits against Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao for allegedly hiding millions of euros in income from the tax office.

AS Monaco’s Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United

Mourinho contract talks hinge on image rights

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho's contract negotiations to become the next manager of Manchester United appear to hinge on the rights to the use of his image on merchandise, British media reported on Thursday.

The rights are owned by his former club Chelsea and, while they are not expected to stop his hiring, they have drawn out the talks with Manchester United this week, the reports cited club sources as saying.

Mourinho contract talks hinge on image rights

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho's contract negotiations to become the next manager of Manchester United appear to hinge on the rights to the use of his image on merchandise, British media reported on Thursday.

The rights are owned by his former club Chelsea and, while they are not expected to stop his hiring, they have drawn out the talks with Manchester United this week, the reports cited club sources as saying.

Man Utd target Cristiano Ronaldo denies he’s renewed his Real Madrid contract

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that he has signed a contract extension with the club. Spanish daily Marca reported today that the Portuguese attacker has signed a new five-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu. Under the headline 'White For Life', the paper claimed that Ronaldo has agreed a €17 million-a-season deal with [.

Chelsea ‘agree’ £49.3m deal for Edinson Cavani

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Chelsea have agreed a £49.3 million fee for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Italian side's official radio station Radio Marte. In a statement released last night, the station said: "We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani's sale.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail says Antonio Valencia's contract has stalled over an image rights issue.

Surreal Football explains why we should love Rooney.

The Express reports on the upset Michael Owen has caused Newcastle fans.

The Independent looks at Van der Sar's career, from start to finish.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail says Antonio Valencia's contract has stalled over an image rights issue.

Surreal Football explains why we should love Rooney.

The Express reports on the upset Michael Owen has caused Newcastle fans.

The Independent looks at Van der Sar's career, from start to finish.

La Liga

Barcelona defender Adriano accused of tax fraud

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Barcelona (AFP) Spanish prosecutors filed an official complaint Wednesday against Barcelona defender Adriano Correia for suspected tax fraud, just weeks before his superstar teammate Lionel Messi stands trial on the same charges.

Adriano is the third player at the club accused of defrauding the Spanish taxman through the murky management of their image rights.

Barcelona defender Adriano accused of tax fraud

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Barcelona (AFP) Spanish prosecutors filed an official complaint Wednesday against Barcelona defender Adriano Correia for suspected tax fraud, just weeks before his superstar teammate Lionel Messi stands trial on the same charges.

Adriano is the third player at the club accused of defrauding the Spanish taxman through the murky management of their image rights.

Neymar To Join Real Madrid for £53m Next Summer

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ESPNsoccernet is reporting that Brazilian stat Neymar has agreed to join Real Madrid next summer from Santos for around £53m.

At 19, Neymar is one of the brightest talents in world football having shone for his club Santos and also on the international stage for Brazil. Yesterday he was included on the shortlist for the World Footballer Of The Year.

Does Mesut Ozil Want To Leave Real Madrid?

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El Mundo Deportivo reports that midfielder Mesut Ozil has grown increasingly unhappy at Real Madrid and is seeking a way out of the Santiago Bernabéu at the end of the season.

According to the newspaper, Inter Milan have already been in contact and have asked to be kept informed of any developments concerning the German international, although Madrid President, Florentino Pérez, will attempt to get the player to reconsider his position.

Wayne Rooney

Moyes denies that Rooney’s contract has been finalised

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Earlier today, reports claimed that Wayne Rooney's £300k-a-week deal had been agreed upon, after finally ironing out a few snags over image rights.

In his press conference today, David Moyes has denied that to be the case.

"When we have news we'll tell you. He's a terrific player. If we can get it done it'll be great.

The Cost Of Insuring Wayne Rooney

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Interesting piece from the guys at Confused.com who provide insurance, estimating that Wayne Rooney earns around £22 million every year and stating it would cost just over £300,000 per year to insure Rooney himself...

Check out the graphic below to take a look at Rooney's salary, image rights, commercial endorsements and publishing earnings.

English Premier League

Chelsea attempt to have billboard mocking Fernando Torres removed

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Chelsea have failed in their attempts to have a billboard mocking misfiring striker Fernando Torres removed. The poster is part of a series of Paddy Power adverts focusing on under-performing Premier League imports. Backed by a TV campaign, the adverts suggest the players should seek alternative employment until they start pulling their weight on the [.

Football in the financial dock, a fraud against taxpayers?

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There has been some very bad news for football over the last week. The fact that Glasgow Rangers have been put into administration, by the club's owner, is an indication of the sorry state the Beautiful Game is in both financially and in terms of management.

This latest occurrence has come about as a result of Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC) demanding up to £50 million in unpaid taxes and National Insurance contributions due on money paid into Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs).

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Good Financial News For Newcastle United

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There are two pieces of good financial news for Newcastle United today. Ashley and Llambias - have the club in excellent financial health The first is that Newcastle are the latest club to settle a dispute over image rights with the UK tax authorities. Payments classed as image rights rather than as wages are taxed at a  corporate tax of 26% [.

Wesley Sneijder back on the table for Utd

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According to several tabloids and not so tabloids, the Inter midfielder might be on his way to Old Trafford in the next 48 hours. The rumours have been aided and abetted by Sneijder who in an interview admitted he was interested in joining Utd but also said that there was no official contact between both clubs.

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Luton Town Hand Over Image Rights To Supporters To Protect Against Any Unwanted Future Identity Changes

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By Chris Wright

In a bid to protect themselves for the kind of owner-fuelled "branding" issues that have plagued the likes of the Cardiff Dragonbirds and Hull City Powertigers in recent times, Luton Town have handed their supportersthe legal right to veto any proposed future change made to the club's image.

Advert mocking Chelsea striker Fernando Torres returns to Stamford Bridge

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Remember the Paddy Power billboard situated next to Stamford Bridge that mocked Fernando Torres? After a protracted legal process, Chelsea eventually won the right to have the advert removed on the grounds that it damaged Torres' image rights. But just days after the local council agreed and pulled the billboard down, it's back in digital [.

John Terry’s Indian Cigarettes

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Quite a funny news story circulating today, with John Terry being used to front a "quit smoking" campaign in India. Whats funnier is that JT has no knowledge whatsoever of being used in this campaign, so the company that owns his image rights are understandably trying to resolve the problem.
John Terry's blurred image features on the front of the pack of cigarettes, urging people to stop smoking.

Barbara Berlusconi: Blown Away By Art Basel

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Pato's girlfriend, whom we affectionately love to call 'Babs' for purely shortcut purposes, was in Miami last week to attend Emporio Armani's celebration of Art Basel's 10th anniversary. Thanks to a few paps who we actually don't mind receiving e-mails from, we know that Ms B and the Voronins weren't the only ones occupying the sunshine state recently; Samuel Eto'o & fam spent some time letting their hair down (Georgette let her top down) whilst on vacay in Miami Beach.

Noticias : Cassano Returns To AC Milan And Pokes Fun At Gattuso & Neymar’s New Contract

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It's completely normal for a successful footballer to own more than two phones, as we've witnessed from Carles Puyol last Friday. Of course, when you're signing a multi-million dollar contract with Santos (DESCULPE, Flo'Rida Perez!), you've gotta put your goods on show as Neymar is doing here!

A day in the life of Joe Bloggs

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Joe Bloggs has a secret. An unassuming softly spoken man, he would never stand out from a crowd as he stepped down from the Victoria tube train and made his way to one of the most iconic landmarks in North West London. Joe after all realises that without his contribution, some tens of thousands of Arsenal fans would never be able to enjoy their matchday and stand the chance of winning a prize which is announced by Arsene Wenger every half-time at the Emirates Premier league games.