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Barcelona star Mascherano admits to fraud

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By Euronews
Barcelona star Mascherano admits to fraud

<p>Barcelona star Javier Mascherano on Thursday admitted to two counts of fraud totalling just over 1,5 million euros.</p> <p>The Argentine international admitted to the charges in a court appearance in Gava, near Barcelona.</p> <p>The player was accused by Spain’s tax office of concealing earnings from image rights in 2011 and 2012.</p> <p>A court filing released last month confirmed Mascherano had repaid the full amount plus interest to the tune of 1.75m euros.</p> <p>He he may end up paying a fine but is likely to avoid a trial.</p> <p>Mascherano spent only five minutes in court and was not questioned by prosecutors.</p> <p>The South American is not the only Barcelona player in trouble with the tax man.</p> <p>Compatriot Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Messi are pending trial for tax fraud while Neymar is facing accusations of tax evasion.</p>