Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has reportedly accepted a four-month and eight-month sentences for the two offences having been charged with tax evasion.

The 31 year old Argentine has also been fined €815,000 for the offences committed over 2011 and 2012 and also failed to declare income generated from image rights during 2011 and 2012, as per the Spanish outlet.

However, Mascherano is likely to see his term suspended due to the wishes of him and his lawyers as his lawyer David Aineto has requested the prison sentence to be substituted for a fine.

According to Spanish law, people with less than two years jail sentences are allowed to pay a huge fine to avoid going to prison as long as it is not a violent crime.

After the hearing which only lasted for ten minutes today, Mascherano released a statement via his Twitter page, insisting that he was an honest and responsible person. 

“Therefore I must rely on the people that manage these technical, and for me, complicated, issues.

“All my career I have been an honest and responsible person… I will take this experience that has accosted me as another experience which I will leave stronger and calmed by the fact that I am once again within the law.”

Mascherano Barcelona team mates, Lionel Messi and Neymar are also currently in legal battles with authorities in Spain over tax issues with Catalan giants second in La Liga trailing two points behind Atletico Madrid, but have a game in hand.

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