Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has confirmed he will appeal to the Spanish tax office over a charge relating to his image rights.
A report in El Mundo this week claimed that the experienced Spain international has been charged €1m due to irregularities in relation to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 financial years.
Ramos allegedly had used a Spanish shell company based to transfer his image right earnings to avoid paying further taxation.
The report also claims that Ramos has already paid back the defrauded amount plus interest alongside a fine and will use this in his defence.
“In view of the recent published reports, I want to state: I declare all my earnings in Spain,” Ramos wrote on his Twitter account.
“I have a team of advisors that analyse, manage and resolve all my fiscal issues. I'm fully compliant with my obligations with the tax office.
“The tax office notified me of a different settlement to the one I declared from 2012-2014 after changing its criteria with respect to previous years, a settlement that I have fully paid.
“It's an administrative fine, not a criminal offence. Due to my non-conformity regarding the change of criteria from the Spanish tax office, and reiterating that I have paid the fine, I am exercising my right to appeal.”
Ramos is the latest high-profile player to have been involved in the Hacienda operation, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho among those to have been implicated.
Xabi Alonso, currently a coach at Real Sociedad, is also in an ongoing case – but unlike the others involved, he is denying the claims against him.