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The Cameroonian international and currently the president of FECAFOOT(Cameroon Football Federation) Samuel Eto’o Fils has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for hiding 3.8 million euros from the Spanish tax authorities between 2006 and 2009, Mundo Deportivo reports on Monday. The former Barcelona player will however remain free.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo on Monday, Samuel Eto’o was sentenced to 22 months in prison for tax evasion. He was found guilty of having hidden 3.8 million euros between 2006 and 2009 from the Spanish Treasury when he was playing at FC Barcelona. His former representative José Maria Mesalles, tried for the same offence, was sentenced to one year in prison.
Samuel Eto’o, president of the Cameroon Football Federation since December last year, and his former representative will however remain free, sentences of less than two years in Spain being only very rarely carried out and the absence of a criminal record exempting Eto’o and his former prison officer. The two men will however have to pay a heavy fine, 1.8 million euros for Eto’o and 900,000 euros for José Maria Mesalles.