Spanish star facing 5-year prison sentence

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Xabi Alonso prosecutors seek five-year jail term for alleged tax fraud

The Madrid public prosecutor's office has opened a case against Xabi Alonso over three instances of alleged tax fraud in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while the former Spain midfielder was a player at Real Madrid.

Alonso, who retired at the end of last season, is accused of defrauding authorities of over 2million euros in unpaid tax.

The prosecutor called for the same sentence to be applied to Alonso's financial advisor, Ivan Zaldua Azcuenaga, and the administrator of consultancy shell company, Ignasi Maestre Casanova.

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It is claimed Alonso used a company based on the Portugese island of Madeira to avoid declaring income earned from the 36-year-old's image rights.

The prosecution also demands the return of the sum denied to the Spanish tax office, in addition to any interest gained.

The case against Alonso had initially been dismissed but was reopened earlier this year. Alonso, who retired a year ago after three seasons at Bayern Munich, played for Madrid from 2009 through 2014.

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Xabi Alonso faces five years in jail and a fine of around £3.5m if found guilty of dodging Spanish tax laws, relating to image rights during his time at Real Madrid.

Prosecutors on Wednesday also sought prison sentences, fines and restitutions for Alonso's tax advisers at the time.

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