Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano facing tax fraud charges

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Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is the latest Blaugrana player to be embroiled in a tax fraud case. 

His Camp Nou teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi have themselves been involved in similar battles in recent times and the Argentine international is accused of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of more than £1.1million.

The former Liverpool man is accused of defrauding the authorities of £435,559.84 in 2011 and £717,933.84 in 2012, as he allegedly sought to conceal earnings from his image rights, as per the Mail.


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The 30-year-old tried to do this by using companies set up in the United States and Portugal. However, this month the player paid the money owed - along with a £150,000 interest fee - according to the prosecution's office.

Mascherano has made no comment on the charges.

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On the pitch

Off field issues can not be having a positive influence on Barcelona's fortunes, as they look to defend their treble of last season.

Although, the Blaugrana have made a relatively strong start to the season and find themselves second in La Liga - a point behind Villarreal - but their embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Celta Vigo will be cause for concern.

Despite dominating possession against newly promoted Las Palmas on Saturday, the Camp Nou outfit struggled to break down their opponents. But two goals from Luis Suarez gave them all three points in the absence of Messi.

The loss of the four-time Ballon d'Or winner to a knee injury - picked up during their win at the weekend - is a huge blow to Barca's hopes of success this season.

The Argentine will miss at least eight more games, but could be back for the crucial El Clasico tie on November 22.

The Catalan outfit welcome Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow night in their second Champions League group game and will be looking to make it four points from two matches after their 1-1 draw with AS Roma.

Will Barcelona be able to repeat their fantastic treble of last season? Have your say by leaving a comment below!

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