Man Utd star Ander Herrera faces trial after Alexis Sanchez accepts jail sentence

Ander Herrera and Alexis Sanchez have each been involved in their own scandal this week

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera could face trial over an investigation into match-fixing allegations – but his new team-mate Alexis Sanchez has dodged court after accepting a suspended jail sentence for tax fraud.
The long-running probe relating to Herrera follows claims the result of a La Liga match in 2011 between Real Zaragoza and Levante was manipulated when he was a player with the former club.

Zaragoza won the game 2-1, which helped them avoid relegation and sent down Deportivo La Coruna, but there are allegations of cash payments made to Levante players.

Chile international Sanchez, meanwhile, accepted a 16-month suspended jail term for undeclared income instead of attending a trial in Spain.

Sanchez faced a court appearance over unpaid taxes of £886,000 from image rights deals during his time at Barcelona as he became the latest high-profile player to be hit by the country’s tax laws.

He pleaded guilty, and in addition to the suspended sentence the 29-year-old, who earns £14m a year at Old Trafford following his switch from Arsenal, has been fined £525,000 and ordered to pay the tax he owes.