Ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid star handed jail term

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Former Portugal global defender Ricardo Carvalho has been given a seven-month prison sentence over tax offences which were committed during his spell at Real Madrid between 2011 and 2012.

The former Chelsea player was originally charged with a year-long sentence and a fine of €300,000, but it was reduced after Carvalho admitted to the crimes in court.

The public prosecutor had wanted Carvalho to pay a £269,000 fine and be sentenced to 12 months in prison.

However the former Chelsea player, who has won 89 caps for Portugal, is unlikely to spend any time behind bars.

As the sentence is less than two years and for a first offence, it is automatically suspended, as was the case when Barcelona's Lionel Messi was found guilty of a similar offence in July 2016.

The court cited that Carvalho confessed before proceedings were brought against him and he returned the entire amount of the defrauded fee of €545,981.03.

Now playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG this is news which is likely to end a two-decade long playing career which included spells at Porto, Chelsea and Monaco.

Portugesse defender, Ricardo Carvalho has been sent to jail after being found guilty of defaulting in tax payment during his spell in Spain.

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