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first_imgThe pair were both handed 21-month jail terms in a ruling recently confirmed by Spain’s supreme court.Now the original Barcelona trial court must decide whether the sentences should be suspended in accordance with Spanish custom for first-time offenders whose prison terms do not exceed two years.Prosecutors have asked for a two-year sentence and a €10m fine for Neymar, who was cleared of fraud but ordered to stand trial over alleged corruption in his 2013 move from Brazilian club Santos to Barcelona.Now Ronaldo has become the third and final member of the elite La Liga trio to face criminal accusations, after prosecutors announced they were pursuing the 32-year-old former Manchester United man on four counts of tax fraud.A source close to Ronaldo told the BBC that “he’s very sad and really upset” about the allegations. “He doesn’t want to stay in Spain. At this moment, he wants to leave,” the source said.Soon after David Beckham joined Real Madrid in 2003, he was able to enjoy a new tax-exemption scheme aimed at attracting foreign talent to Spain across all sectors. That scheme became known as the Beckham Law, when he became one of the first players to sign up to a six-year-long tax ceiling of 24%, roughly half what Spaniards paid on six-figure-plus incomes.Spain was in the midst of an unprecedented economic boom, a perfect playground for “galacticos” of the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo, before the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and the emergence of Barcelona prodigy Lionel Messi.But in 2010 the Beckham Law was scrapped for salaries of more than €600,000, and since then tax inspectors have begun to wise up to the use of complex financial operations using offshore shell companies to get around tax laws.“The line between avoidance and evasion is very fine in these cases. In the past few years Spain’s tax agency has intensified its control over footballers and their companies, checking to see if they are mere fronts or whether they are really active economically,” explains Carlos Cruzado, president of tax inspectors’ union Gestha.Neymar is the odd one out. His case involves alleged wrongdoing towards a contractual party regarding his transfer fee, but the forward has been found guilty in his native Brazil for tax fraud on money earned while playing for Santos.The Messi and Ronaldo cases are similar. Both are accused of avoiding tax on sale of image rights by using offshore companies. However, the Portuguese was registered as a non-resident taxpayer under the Beckham Law, while the Argentine has spent his entire adult life registered in Spain.Prosecutors accuse the Real Madrid star of evading tax of €14.7m between 2011 and 2014 via an alleged shell company called Tollin Associates, registered in the British Virgin Islands.Spanish investigators say the company, owned by Ronaldo, is a “screen” and has no economic activity apart from having bought and then ceded the player’s image rights to a firm based in Ireland that “genuinely manages [his] rights sales”.Prosecutors also claim that money earned from image rights was incorrectly described as capital gains, to benefit from a lower tax rate.Lionel Messi was informed by the judge in his case it was no defence to plead ignorance and argue that his father was the only person who knew how his money was being managed.Neymar has denied any wrongdoing and told the court investigating his case that his father and associates dealt with off-field business matters.Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives and legal team say the only dispute can be about quantity and that there has been no intention to commit fraud. “There is no tax evasion scheme… There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything,” they say.They argue he has paid tax to the Spanish treasury on 20% of his total image rights when, in fact, more than 90% of these are generated outside Spain as he is such a global name.“The tax agency clearly thinks that if he is being paid for wearing certain boots, shirts or caps in Spain, then he cannot claim this money is being earned abroad,” explains Mr Cruzado.Neymar and Lionel Messi look set to be spared prison due to Spain’s unwritten two-year-sentence rule, even if Neymar is eventually found guilty.Cristiano Ronaldo may be a different matter. Three of the four accusations of tax fraud are considered by prosecutors to be “aggravated”, so they carry a minimum sentence of two years each. Four guilty verdicts and he could face as many as seven years.However, an investigating judge needs to ratify the prosecutors’ accusations, and that could take many months or even years.Even if the investigating magistrate does take up the case, the Portuguese will have several options and a guilty verdict would not necessarily mean jail.He could admit guilt, pay taxes and fines in advance and reduce any eventual jail term to a half or quarter of the statutory minimum. That way he would slip under the standard two-year bar for first-time offenders and see his sentence suspended.LA LIGA RICH LIST*$93mCristiano Ronaldo: $58m salary, $35m endorsements*$80m Lionel Messi: $53m salary, $27m endorsements*$37m Neymar: $15m salary, $22m endorsementsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Spain has attracted arguably the three brightest lights of world football, with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar all plying their skills in La Liga.Over the past year, football fans have become used to seeing the trio caught up in accusations of tax fraud and other financial crimes by the Spanish courts.And they are not the only players in the crosshairs of the Spanish judiciary. In 2016, Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Barcelona team-mate, Javier Mascherano, received a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud.Lionel Messi and father Jorge were last year convicted of defrauding the Spanish state of €4.1m (£3.6m; $4.6m) in unpaid taxes on the striker’s image rights, controlled by offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay.last_img read more

first_img “A giant has passed away,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett, the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback who was an outfielder for Dedeaux in 1965. “This is a tremendous loss to USC and the entire baseball community. It leaves a huge void in all of baseball. “From coach Dedeaux, I learned how to win and how important it was to win in any sport. For him, winning was a way of life.” At the same time UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s football team were dominating their respective sports in the 1960s and 1970s, one could make the argument the greatest Los Angeles dynasty of them all was Rod Dedeaux’s USC baseball team. Dedeaux, who died Thursday in Glendale at the age of 91 from complications from a Dec. 2 stroke, won a record 11 NCAA Championships, a whopping 28 consecutive conference titles and produced nearly 60 future major leaguers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Nearly 200 of his players went on to the pro level, and 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to major-league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley. While accepting a contract for $1 per season, Dedeaux had the most wins in NCAA Division I history – 1,332 – until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994. He also had winning seasons in 41 of his 45 years with the Trojans. Under Dedeaux, USC went 37 years without a losing season. “Rod not only was college baseball’s greatest coach, he was the sport’s and USC’s greatest ambassador,” said current USC baseball head coach Mike Gillespie, an outfielder on Dedeaux’s 1961 national championship squad. “His passing is felt by all Trojans. All of us in the USC baseball program mourn his loss and send our heartfelt feelings and prayers to the Dedeaux family.” Dedeaux’s mentor was Casey Stengel, who also lived in Glendale. Former Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda says he considered Dedeaux his mentor. center_img “I’ll cherish the days that I spent with him and traveled with him,” Lasorda said Thursday night. “He was my idol and he was my friend” for 43 years. Lasorda said Dedeaux’s family put a TV in his room Wednesday night so he could see the national championship football game between USC and Texas. The Trojans’ national championships included five in a row from 1970-74 – at a time when no other school had ever won two in a row. Born Raoul Martial Dedeaux in New Orleans, he moved to California as a youngster and starred at Hollywood High in the early 1930s. Dedeaux, who also played three seasons for USC, appeared in two games at shortstop for the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. He often described his big-league career as: “I had a cup of coffee with no sugar in it.” When Dedeaux retired in 1986, the USC baseball field had already been named in his honor for 12 years. Besides making a mark with the collegiate game, Dedeaux also spearheaded the development of amateur baseball nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a demonstration sport and coached the silver medal-winning U.S. team. He also coached the U.S. amateur team that played in Tokyo in conjunction with the 1964 Olympics. Hollywood enlisted Dedeaux’s expertise as well, inviting him to serve as a technical director and consultant for two highly successful movies: “Field of Dreams” and “A League of Their Own.” Away from baseball, Dedeaux served as president of Dart Transportation, Inc., a million-dollar trucking firm that specializes in worldwide distribution. He founded the company in the 1930s. Funeral services for Dedeaux are pending. He is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Justin and Terry and daughters Michele and Denise, and nine grandchildren, including current USC freshman first baseman/outfielder Adam Dedeaux. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which promotes amateur athletics, at 1430 So. Eastman Ave., Los Angeles 90023. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 [email protected] A CAREER PERSPECTIVE Years as USC’s baseball coach: 45 (1942 to 1986). National titles: 11, including five in a row from 1970-74. Conference titles: 28 Career record: 1,332 wins, 571 losses, 11 ties. Among the 200 future pro players he coached at USC: Tom Seaver, Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Dave Kingman, Roy Smalley, Fred Lynn. Career highlights: Coached the 1964 and 1984 exhibition Olympic U.S. baseball teams; named “Coach of the Century” by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 1999. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe Cranes arrived in Cairo on Monday evening. (PHOTO/FUFA)The Uganda men’s football national team, the Cranes, have already arrived in Egypt ahead of the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.The Cranes arrived in Egypt’s capital-Cairo, on Monday night following two weeks of intense training in Abu Dhabi.A delegation of 23 players and 12 officials was warmly received by the CAF protocol team at Cairo International Airport and the FUFA Advance party led by the leader of delegation and FUFA Executive member, Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.The team reached Cairo at 7:30 PM aboard Egypt Air from Abu Dhabi and later checked in at Radisson Blu Hotel where they will be accommodated throughout their AFCON stay.Uganda is in Group A alongside hosts-Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.The Cranes have spent the last month or so, preparing for the tournament.Initially squad of home-based and two unattached players, started training a month ago while camped at Kabira Country Club, played a friendly game with the COSAFA team before they flew to Abu Dhabi.In Abu Dhabi, they were joined by several professionals as the team beefed-up preps.While in Abu Dhabi, Uganda played two build-up games, drawing 0-0 with Turkmenistan and then defeated Ivory Coast 1-0.The Uganda Cranes team that defeated Ivory Coast 1-0. (PHOTO/FUFA)After such high levels of preparations, the Cranes are highly expected to better their last showing at the AFCON finals. In 2017, Uganda exited the competition at the group stage, having lost two and drawn one of their three games.With the competition expanded to 24 teams from the initial 26, it would spell disaster if Uganda fails to reach the knock-out stages.The final 23-man squad in EgyptGoalkeepersDenis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)DefendersNico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)MidfieldersMike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)Strikersatrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)Officials in EgyptFUFA President: Eng. Moses MagogoExecutive Committee Members: Issa Magola & Rogers ByamukamaHead coach: Sebastien DesabreAssistant coach: Mathias LuleGoalkeeper coach: Fred KajobaTeam Doctor: Dr. Ronald KisoloPhysiotherapist: Dr. Ivan SsewanyanaTeam Chiropractor: Dr. Charles SebwanaMedia: Ahmed HusseinPhysical Fitness trainer: Gerome D’AntonioKit Managers: Lawrence Kizito and Ayub BalyejusaComments Tags: AFCON 2019topUganda Craneslast_img read more