Francis Arellano

Judicial

The crack and president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, acknowledged in Spain that he had defrauded the Public Treasury when he was a Barcelona player, but stated that he only did what his representative and his father asked him to do. With no priors, he is likely to serve free.

Samuel Eto'o received a sentence of 22 months in prison, but could serve it in freedom.
© Getty ImagesSamuel Eto’o received a sentence of 22 months in prison, but could serve it in freedom.

Fraud against the Public Treasury in Spain has always been in the news and football has not been oblivious to it. Several world stars know it well, including Samuel Eto’owho together with his former representative, Jose Maria Mesallesaccepted sentences of 22 months and one year in prison, respectively, after admitting the crime in question for just over 3.8 million euros between 2006 and 2009, when the Cameroonian played in Barcelona.

Eto’otoday president of the Cameroon Football Federation, admitted his responsibility but quickly put a point on the table. “I acknowledge the facts and I will pay, but for the record that I was a child then and that I always did what my father asked me to do,” he said.

The Prosecutor’s Office requested a sentence of four and a half years for each one, which was not accepted. In addition to the penalty, they must pay fines for four crimes against the Public Treasury of Spain, which adds up to 1.8 million euros for the former soccer player, while his former agent, described by the star as “his second father” then, will have to pay 900 thousand of the currency of the Old Continent.

The good news for Samuel Eto’o is that, having admitted the crimes and returned part of the defrauded, everything points to both him and Mesalles being able to serve their sentences in freedom.

What was Samuel Eto’o convicted of?

The sentence to Samuel Eto’o in Spain It originates from a fraud against the Public Treasury of said country when he played for Barcelona between 2006 and 2009. On the occasion, the Cameroonian received high income from image rights and a contract with Puma, but those monies were diverted to two companies without paying taxes as it matches.

For his part, Eto’o himself carried out a trial against his former representative, Jose Maria Mesallesfor fraud and misappropriation of his assets.

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