Former Chelsea defender given seven-month prison sentence

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Ricardo Carvalho, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender, has been handed a seven-month prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud.

Prosecutors had argued for a 12-month sentence and a larger fine of €300,000.

According to the fresh report just reaching, the defender admitted to concealing income from his image rights between 2011 and 2012 while playing at Real Madrid.

Carvalho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea.

The court praised Carvalho for his full acknowledgement of the circumstances and compliance in proceedings, alongside repaying the full fee of €545,981.03.

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Carvalho now plays his football in China for Shanghai SIPG and is unlikely to face any time in jail as, under Spanish law, any non-violent crime that carries an imprisonment of fewer than two years sees that sentence suspended.

Any sentence under two years for non-violent crime rarely leads to jail time being served under Spanish law, however, and the ex-Portugal global returned the full amount of tax that he initially avoided paying.

He departed to rejoin Mourinho under the pristine spotlights of Real Madrid to add a La Liga title to his name in 2012.

Carvalho joins Lionel Messi in the list of players caught dodging tax in Spain.