Diego Costa sentenced for tax fraud, UK’s favorite football club named and Timo Werner’s agent sends message to Chelsea


The 31-year-old Spain international would not serve jail time as the Spanish law gives offenders of non-violent crimes the option to exchange their sentence for a fine.

Atletico Madrid and Spain forward Diego Costa has been sentenced to six months in prison and handed a fine of €543,208 for tax fraud, reports BBC.

The former Chelsea striker was handed the punishment after he pleaded guilty of defrauding the Spanish state. Costa admitted in court that he didn’t declare payments of more than €5.15m and didn’t pay a tax of €1m on them from his 2014 transfer to the Premier League club.

Aside from that, he also pleaded guilty of not declaring more than €1m of earnings in image rights. The 31-year-old won’t serve any prison time, though, as Spanish law gives offenders of non-violent crimes the option to exchange their sentences of up to two years with a fine.

The Spain international isn’t the first high-profile footballer to be sentenced for tax evasion. His La Liga counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo was also fined €18.8 million in 2018 for dodging taxes in Spain during the four-year period between 2010 and 2014.

Four clubs Diego Costa could join after Atletico Madrid terminated his contract by mutual consent
Diego Costa could return to London to join either Chelsea or Arsenal in January (Image Copyright: imago images / PA Images / xMartinxRickettx )

Top News 2: Liverpool named UK’s favorite football club

UK’s favorite football club named
The Reds have beaten fierce rivals Man United for this tag (Copyright: imago images / Xinhua)

The reigning European champions who are just two wins away from securing the Premier League title have been voted as UK’s favorite football club by the fans.

Liverpool have been named as United Kingdom’s favorite football club ahead of the likes of Man United and Chelsea, with a poll conducted by YouGov Sport giving the reigning European champions the title of the most loved club in the UK.

The poll, which specifically asked the members of the public to name the club they support, saw Jurgen Klopp’s side winning the support of 8.3% of the population. Manchester United, the 2nd most followed club by the UK-based public, earn the support of 6% of the population.

Chelsea, who are rivaling the Red Devils for the Champions League spot, have the support of 3.1% of the public, with Manchester City (2%) and Arsenal (2%) completing the top five.

The report further states that while clubs like Man City, Arsenal and Spurs have similar-sized fan bases in the United Kingdom, they each earn different scores for likeability.

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Top News 3: Timo Werner’s agent sends a message to Chelsea

Timo Werner’s agent sends message to Chelsea
The 23-year-old is currently in the form of his life (Image Copyright: imago images / pmk)

Following his excellent form in the Bundesliga which has seen Werner score 25 goals already this season, the 24-year-old has been linked with a summer move to a host of top European clubs.

Timo Werner’s agent has reportedly told Manchester United and Chelsea that his client has already agreed terms with Liverpool ahead of a summer move to the Merseyside.

Transfer Window Podcast claims that Werner has already agreed a five-year contract with the reigning European champions that will see him earn £140,000 a week in wages.

However, Mirror Football reports that the German’s parent club RB Leipzig are yet to come to an agreement over his transfer fee with the Reds, with Liverpool reportedly unwilling to meet the £50m+ release clause of the German international.

Jurgen Klopp’s side might have been waiting for the asking price to drop given that the release clause in the player’s contract that Leipzig are citing when demanding £50m for his services is set to expire in 11 days’ time.

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