NEWS
Monday June 3 2019
Former Barcelona defender Adriano accepts 14 month jail term

Former Sevilla and Barcelona full-back has accepted a prison sentence of 14 months for tax fraud, it has been confirmed.

Diario Sport outline how the Brazilian has accepted defrauding the Spanish state of €650k from his time in Spanish football, but he will not enter prison based on the terms.

In Spanish law, first-time offenders who are sentenced to less than 24 months do not need to serve prison time, while the current Besiktas defender has also accepted €1m in fines.

The full-back made over 400 appearances across spells with Sevilla (2005-10) and the Blaugrana (2010-16) before joining the Istanbul-based giants in 2016.

The trial of Adriano, initially scheduled for last April, was suspended then while his defense negotiated a pact with the Prosecutor's Office.

The offences are said to have taken place between 2010 and 2012 while the terms have now been confirmed following the player’s brief court appearance in front of the Audiencia de Barcelona.

The left-back has been capped 17 times by the Brazilian national team and is aged 34.

Football Italia website