In some climes nobody is above the law and no matter how long it might take, the long arm of the law will always catch up with culprits.

In Spain, that has played out as Alexis Sanchez has been slammed with a 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud.

However, as explained, even though Sanchez has accepted the sentence, he will not spend time in jail.

A report on GOAL revealed that the Manchester United forward was accused of defrauding the treasury of €1 million between 2012 and 2013, relating to income from his image rights.

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Sanchez has, however, reached an agreement with the prosecutor to pay the money he owes with interest.

Despite the verdict, the Chilean will not spend time in prison as he is a first offender and the sentence is less than two years - which crucially, in Spanish law, prohibits jail time.

The ex-Arsenal star is the latest football figure to be punished by Spanish prosecutors for an apparent dodging of taxes.

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