The penalty fell. Samuel Eto’o was sentenced to 22 months in prison for having concealed just over €3.8 million from the Spanish tax authorities between 2006 and 2009, when he was playing for FC Barcelona, as reported Mundo Deportivo this Monday. Sentenced for tax evasion, therefore, the former Cameroonian international (118 caps, 56 caps) will however not go behind bars, given the fact that his record is blank. In Spain, sentences of less than two years are rarely carried out in this specific case.
The former representative of the president of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), José Maria Mesalles, was sentenced to one year in prison. He will also not serve his sentence. The African star, who considered his former agent as a father and who has since filed a complaint against him, defended himself during his trial. “I recognize the facts and I will pay, but let it be known that I was a child at the time and that I always did what my father asked me to do”he explained in particular in remarks relayed by MD. The prosecution had initially requested four years and six months in prison against Samuel Eto’o and his former agent, who will still have to pay a fine of €1.8 million and €900 respectively. 000 €.