The Superior Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM) has declared the acquittal of former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso of tax fraud.
A Spanish court cleared formerReal Madrid
star and currentReal Sociedad B
of charges of defrauding the state to a total of €572,008 in November.
However, the Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Madrid promptly ordered a retrial with Marca, arguing that there was fresh information alongside the accused's 'unusual behavior.'
Now the TSJM has called for the same charges to be brought before the courts to resolve a new legal motivation.
Unlike other high-profile players, Alonso always maintained his innocence and denied the charges against him as set out by the Hacienda tax operation in the country.
Prosecutors requested a five-year prison sentence and a €2m fine for this incident, while he was also accused of committing three counts of tax fraud between 2010 and 2012.
Alonso joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Liverpool. He spent five seasons with Madrid before joining Bayern Munich in 2014.
The 37-year-old is now the coach of the Real Sociedad B team.