Diego Costa in court: Former Chelsea star prepares to face trial for alleged tax fraud

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Former Chelsea forward Diego Coster has Today (Thursday) appeared in court as he prepares to face trials for alleged tax dodge.

Sky Sports reports that the Spaniard is accused of defrauding the state more than 1 million euros (£900,000) after failing to declare payments of more than 5.15m euros (£4.63m) following his move from Chelsea in 2014.

The 31-year-old is also accused of failing to declare image rights of more than 1m euros.

Prosecutors in Madrid are yet to impose a six-month prison sentence and a fine of more than 500,000 euros (£450,000).

Diego moved from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid in 2014, and club spokesman maintain that, "Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn.”

Sentence below two years for non-violent crimes can be exchanged for a fine according to Spain law, and if found guilty, Costa would avoid prison if he paid an additional fine of 36,500 euros (£32,896).

"This week it is expected that agreement will be ratified in court, as is mandatory," added the spokesman.

The La Liga season will be resuming in seven days’ time which will see Atletico Madrid travels to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, June 14.

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