- Former Chelsea star Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in jail
- The Portuguese defender was accused of tax fraud during his days at Real Madrid
- But he is unlikely to spend anytime behind bars due to the Spanish laws
Portuguese professional footballer and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in jail over tax fraud.
According to the fresh reports, the defender admitted to concealing income from his image rights between 2011 and 2012 while playing at Real Madrid.
The public prosecutor had wanted Carvalho to pay a £269,000 fine and be sentenced to 12 months in prison.
But the length was reduced to seven months and the former Chelsea strongman will only have to pay £128,000.
Carvalho who is currently playing for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG is also alleged to have hidden £488,500 from the authorities which has since been returned.
However, Carvalho is unlikely to spend any time behind bars with Spanish law requiring a sentencing of two years or more for non-violent crimes to warrant jail time.
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