Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison term of more than 10 years for former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o for alleged tax crimes committed when he played for the Catalan club. A fine of $15.1 million has also been demanded for the four counts of tax fraud for supposedly defrauding Spain’s tax authority of almost $4 million from 2006-09.
Prosecutors also want Eto'o to relinquish any possible fiscal incentives for a long period.
Eto'o and his lawyers could not be immediately contacted for comment, but in the past the player denied wrongdoing, saying he was not directly involved in his tax matters.
Lionel Messi, Neymar, The club’s midfielder Javier Mascherano and former defender Adriano are some of the current and past players who have also been charged with tax irregularities.