Former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho has been sentenced to seven months in prison for tax offences committed while playing in Spain.
Carvalho has also been handed a fine of €142,822 for the offences which took place between 2011 and 2012.
The ex-Chelsea centre-half spent three years between 2010 and 2013 at Real Madrid beofre moving on to Monaco for a further three years. The 39-year-old joined Shanghai SIPG last year.
Spanish prosecutors had requested that Carvalho serve one year in prison and be fined €300,000 but the court felt this was ‘disproportionate’ and acknowledged the ex-Portugal star’s compliance in proceedings as well as having already repaid the €545,981.03 amount defrauded.