Xabi Alonso breathes after beating Hacienda: “They just wanted to pressure me”

Xabi Alonso This week he put an end to his particular battle with the Treasury. This Wednesday, the Supreme Court confirmed the acquittal of the Bayer Leverkusen coach, considering that the transfer of his image rights to the Kardzali company did not incur a crime of tax fraud against the Public Administration.

In the run-up to the Bundesliga duel against Freiburg, the Basque coach made it clear that he always had the peace of mind of having acted legally. “From the beginning I was convinced that he had acted legally and had confidence in Justice. Justice agreed with me in the first and second instance,” he said.

However, although he received the approval of Justice, the former soccer player was pressured by the Treasury to recognize the facts of which he was accused. “The Treasury authorities and the prosecutors persecuted me. And on top of that they asked me for prison. I think the prosecutors knew that they were not right and they only wanted to pressure me to reach an agreement, but I was stubborn. I wanted to fight until the end,” he said. .

The former Real Madrid footballer was accused of tax fraud in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In addition, the Prosecutor’s Office requested two and a half years in prison for him. The events date back to 2009 when Alonso transferred his image rights to his Portuguese company. Given these movements, the complainants considered that it was a simulated legal transaction. In this way, the current Bayer Leverkusen coach would have hidden the remuneration of what he obtained for his rights.