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Did Spanish media use dirty antics for distracting Cristiano Ronaldo hours before FIFA World Cup game: Spain vs Portugal?

Was the same news reframed with a different headline in Ronaldo’s tax case development before the crucial FIFA World Cup tie? Though if that was the case, it only prompted Ronaldo to score a hattrick. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

Just a few hours before the crucial tie between Spain and Portugal. The Spanish media circulated a news about Cristiano Ronaldo. The timing of the news article in itself is sufficient enough to raise an eyebrow over the legitimacy and ethics of the kind of journalism practiced.

On 9th June 2018, several news outlets in Spain quoted El Confidencial, which claimed that a verbal agreement has taken place between the lawyers of the Portuguese player and the Spanish tax authorities to settle the case between the two parties by paying 18 million euros.

This is what the Spanish news outlet AS reported on 9th June 2018:

“Cristiano expected to pay 18-20m euros and avoid prison

El Confidencial says Cristiano will accept four counts of tax fraud and pay the Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria (AEAT) between 18 and 20 million euros, but avoid jail time.

The four charges on which he is expected to admit wrongdoing would carry a total custodial sentence of under two years, so under Spanish law he would not go to prison as he has no previous convictions and this is a non-violent offence.

The AEAT is said to have finally agreed to a more lenient punishment than it had initially sought after accepting the player’s explanation of how he pays tax on earnings from the image rights contained in his Real Madrid contract.

Matter not likely to be resolved before World Cup

Cristiano, who is currently preparing for the World Cup with Portugal, had wanted the situation to be resolved ahead of Russia 2018, but is likely to face a longer wait as any deal must first be rubber-stamped by the Spanish Treasury.

This approval may well be delayed by the change of central government in Spain, brought about by the Socialist Party’s successful motion of no confidence against the now former prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, this month.”

The link to the above-mentioned news article is: https://en.as.com/en/2018/06/09/football/1528540591_543212.html

Yesterday just hours before the crucial game of FIFA World Cup 2018, the internet was flooded with a news report from El Mundo this time, about the tax evasion case of Cristiano Ronaldo. The article by AS published before the game was:

“Cristiano Ronaldo has reached an oral agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid for which he pleads guilty to four fiscal crimes and accepts a penalty of two years in prison (six months for each crime, as reported by El Mundo) and the payment of a fine of 18.8 million euros, although this agreement is pending the approval of the Tax Agency.

The agreement is now pending the Tax Agency, which was the body that denounced Cristiano Ronaldo, have indicated legal sources. If the Treasury does not accept the terms proposed by the soccer player and the Office of the Prosecutor, that agreement will not help, underline those sources.

The Portuguese player thus recognizes four tax crimes for which he accepts a total penalty of two years in prison , six months for each crime, but the player trusts that the criminal conviction will be replaced by another fine.

The issue is that the Treasury does not want that substitution , that is, wants to be sentenced to two years in prison, so that, although not enter jail because the sentence is suspended, have a record and can not reoffend at that time.

Otherwise, the sources say, the Tax Agency would resort to administrative (instead of criminal) and would claim a much higher fine.

With all this, the agreement of Cristiano Ronaldo and Prosecutor’s Office is only verbal, that is, it must be signed in writing in the event that the other negotiation that the player maintains with the State Bar, which represents the Tax Agency, is completed.

Four crimes
The future of this agreement depends to a great extent on the Prosecutor’s Office, because if the Treasury refuses to accept it, the Public Prosecutor’s Office would continue with its agreement , given that both are very similar, the sources add.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office accuses Cristiano Ronaldo of four crimes against the Public Treasury committed between 2011 and 2014 and that involve a tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros. The fees allegedly defrauded are 1.39 million in 2011, 1.66 in 2012, 3.20 in 2013 and 8.5 in 2014.

However, the new agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office reduces fraud from 14.7 to 5.7 million euros , although the player must pay almost 19 million between interest and fines.

Once signed agreements in accordance with the Office of the Prosecutor on one hand and with the Tax Agency on the other, they will be transferred to the Court of Instruction number 4 of Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), where the Portuguese international declared as investigated almost a year ago, the July 31st.

On that occasion, the Real Madrid player said: 

‘The Spanish Treasury knows all my income in detail, because we have given it to them, I have never hidden anything, nor have I had the intention of evading taxes’.”

The link to the above-mentioned article is: https://as.com/futbol/2018/06/15/primera/1529066905_625860.html

In both the articles, it can be read that the “approval is pending before the Tax Authority”. Do you think the news has been reported and recreated in a way to distract and form controversy right before the crucial FIFA World Cup game?

If the player is guilty or not is yet to be seen, but the way of reporting and the timing of such reports raises questions. The official verdict is yet to be out until then the rumors and reports will be flooding the internet and it is up to the readers for what they believe in and what they don’t.

 

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