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Alexis Sanchez admits two counts of fraud from time at Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez admits two counts of tax fraud
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Alexis Sanchez admits to defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of around £1m but he is unlikely to face a trial after paying back the sum in full.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has admitted to defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of almost £1m in relation to unpaid image rights during his time at Barcelona.

The 27-year-old, who appeared via videolink to a court in Barcelona, was expected to pay roughly £865,000 in income received between 2012 and 2013.

Sanchez evaded paying that sum of money through the use of a Maltese company called Numidia Trading, but has since paid it back in full and is unlikely to have to face a trial.

Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Adriano and Neymar are among the other Barcelona stars to have also answered questions relating to a failure to pay taxes over the past few years.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

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· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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