Another sports icon has been caught up in the taxman’s dragnet after the experiences of Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo among others.
This time, it is the former Egypt forward Mohamed Aboutrika whose winning goal earned Pharoahs the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2008. He is one of the country’s most famous sportsmen, but he has been sentenced to a year in jail on charges of tax evasion.
A commercial and financial crimes court in Cairo passed the sentence against Aboutrika in absentia on Monday, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported
The court found Aboutrika guilty of evading taxes on earnings of 710,000 Egyptian pounds (R574 664) for doing advertisements for a soft drinks and a telecoms firm.
The paper said the court ordered the former player who now lives in Qatar to pay 20,000 pounds as a bond to turn the prison term into a suspended sentence.
Aboutrika, 40, played 100 times for Egypt from 2001-13, scoring 38 goals and helping his country win the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2008.