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Adriano joins list of Barcelona footballers probed over tax

Defender Adriano has joined the list of Barcelona players to be probed by Spain's prosecutors for alleged tax fraud.

Prosecutor Ricardo Sanz-Gadea said in a writ that Adriano has defrauded Spain's tax authorities of 646,086 euro (£512,554).

Adriano failed to declare income linked to his image rights between 2011 and 2012, Mr Sanz-Gadea said.

Although the prosecutor acknowledges that the Brazilian has responded and paid the amount outstanding on March 7, a judge must now decide whether to take the case to court.

Adriano joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2010.

Other Barcelona players to be tackled by Spain's tax authorities include Argentina forward Lionel Messi and defender Javier Mascherano.

Messi is due to appear in court on June 7 with his father Jorge as a co-defendant.


From Belfast Telegraph