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Javier Mascherano sentenced to jail over tax evasion

Javier Mascherano has been sentenced to a year in prison after a verdict was reached in his tax evasion case.

The Argentine has been fined €815,000 and handed a year’s sentence for two counts of fiscal crimes committed in 2011 and 2012.

However, the court is expected to grant the wish of Mascherano and his lawyer, David Aineto, in suspending the custodial sentence in exchange for a further fine.

The Barcelona star said in a statement released on Thursday:

    Today I have reached an agreement with the Spanish tax authorities, with a firm verdict agreed by all parties. Thus, with a resolution now for the legal matters and with the relief of having sorted my tax situation, I would like to make a brief statement.
    After agreeing my move to Barcelona I contracted a specialist tax agency with well-known professionals that enjoy a great reputation.

    According to my situation they recommended me certain structures, all within the law, telling me that they were normal, transparent and accepted procedures.

    I was assessed by these professionals from 2010 to 2014 I decided to change agency because of the proceedings I was facing, and with evidence that the problems may not be ‘potential’ but in fact very real.

    My new agency recommended that I pay the tax authorities the money they were claiming, presenting also a corrective payment.

    Now, finally, after a long wait this agreement has arrived which allows me to relax again and go about my daily life.

    I’m a professional sportsman and I don’t know a lot about legal and financial matters.
    Therefore I must rely on the people that manage these technical, and for me, complicated, issues.

    All my career I have been an honest and responsible person…

    I will take this experience that has accosted me as another experience which I will leave stronger and calmed by the fact that I am once again within the law.


FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, fired

FIFA’s emergency committee have dismissed Jerome Valcke from the organisation after some ethics charges were brought against him over world cup ticket sales.

Press release below:

    The FIFA emergency committee decided to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA secretary general with immediate effect. Jerome Valcke is therefore no longer the secretary general of FIFA.
    ”The employment relationship between FIFA and Jerome Valcke has also been terminated.
    The duties of the secretary general will continue to be assumed by the acting secretary general, Dr Markus Kattner.”

Valcke is facing a nine-year ban from FIFA after an ethics investigation into several alleged offences including being connected to black market sales of World Cup tickets.

Former Premier League footballer found dead

34-year-old Former Premier League footballer Steve Gohouri, who played defence for Wigan Athletic between 2010 and 2012 has been found dead in a river in Germany two weeks after he was reported missing.

Ghouri attended his German team’s Christmas party on December 11 and was due to travel to see his family in Paris.

German media confirmed today his body had been found in the River Rhine, with no indication of violence.

Gohouri was born on the Ivory Coast, but moved to France as a young boy and grew up in Paris.

Coach Sunday Oliseh is still undergoing therapy – NFF

Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation has said he is in contact with doctors treating Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh and that the former Nigeria captain will soon be back in the country hale and hearty.

    “Oliseh is getting better. He is human and anybody can break down any time. I speak directly with the doctors and we are confident he will be back soon as he is still undergoing therapy. All he needs is a good rest,”

Sunday Oliseh has been out of the country receiving treatment since leading the home based Super Eagles to a 2-0 win over Chad but couldn’t lead the team for the second leg as he was flown to Belgium for treatment.

Oliseh is expected to be in back in action when the Super Eagles face Niger at the 2016 African Nations Championship on January 18.

33 year old Footballer Alfredo Pacheco shot dead by gunman outside petrol station

33 year Alfredo Pacheco, who is also the most capped footballer for El Salvador national football team was shot dead by a gunman outside a petrol filling station in Santa Ana yesterday Dec. 27th.

Alfredo Pacheco was with a group of friends chatting in a petrol stationon Sundaywhen an unknown assailant opened fire on the group.

Pacheco was a defender who played for the Salvadorian clubs Club Deportivo FAS, A D Isidro Metapán and the New York Red Bulls in the US.

Two other people were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital in the city of Santa Ana, north-west of the capital, San Salvador.

    “The attorney general’s office in Santa Ana processed the crime scene of the murder of Alfredo Pacheco at 3.30am in a petrol station,” the office said.

Lionel Messi wins Best Player of the Year award in Dubai.

Lionel Messi last night won the Best Player of the Year award at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai.

The Argentina and Barcelona forward, scored 58 goals as Barcelona enjoyed a memorable treble-winning campaign last season winning the Copa del rey, Champions league and La liga title.

    ‘It’s very nice to receive these awards, but I always say that the team makes it possible,’ said Messi.
    ‘It’s been an extraordinary year.’

The Award winners in full;


    Best Player of the Year 2015 – Lionel Messi

    Best Club 2015 – Barcelona

    Best President 2015 – Josep Maria Bartomeu

    Best Media Attraction in Football – Barcelona

    Player Career Award- Frank Lampard

    Player Career Award – Andrea Pirlo

    Best Agent 2015 – Jorge Mendes

    Best Coach 2015 – Marc Wilmots

    Best Academy 2015 – Benfica

    Best GCC Player 2015 – Yasir Al-Shahrani

    Best Referee 2015 – Ravshan Irmatov

Man U coach Van Gaal storms out of press conference when asked about his future.

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal yesterday stormed out of a press conference ahead of boxing day’s clash with Stoke city after he was asked questions about his future by the press.

In a press conference that lasted just four minutes, the United boss whose position has been under threat with Jose Mourinho as his likely replacement said he deserved apologies from the British press for cooking up stories and that he had received calls of solidarity from Sir Alex Ferguson and
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

Read the interview session below…

Q: Arsene Wenger says it’s been disrespectful?

    Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I’m wondering. I think I was already sacked, I read. I have been sacked.
    My colleague was here already. What do you think happens with my wife or my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that. So you think that I want to talk with the media now. I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context. And I want to say only I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.
    I held meetings with the players with my members of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I did a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington, this AON training complex.
    But I didn’t feel that in the media and of course I can imagine that you can write about that subject. We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League and in four weeks’ time we can be back in that position again.

Q: Manchester United is a huge club, is the speculation inevitable?

    No I don’t think that you can do that because you have to stick by the facts and when I get calls off Alex Ferguson and David Gill and Ed Woodward because you are creating something that is not good, what is not being the facts, now I have to answer questions. I don’t think I want to do it. I only say now I am focussed on Stoke City, I help my players. I wish you a Merry Christmas and also maybe a Happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Goodbye.