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Eto’o pleads guilty
Former iconic striker Samuel Eto’o has pleaded guilty to £3.2m of tax evasion linked to his time at Barcelona.
Cameroonian Eto’o – who also had stints with Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton – did not declare income from the sale of his image rights between 2006 and 2009.
He now has to repay the money he owes as well as a new £1.55million fine, while the Spanish court also handed him a suspended 22-month prison sentence.
Eto’o said: “I admit the facts and I will pay what is owed to me, but let it be known that I was only a child then and I always did what my former agent Jose Maria Mesalles, whom I considered a father, asked me to do at that time.”
Johnstone joins Palace
England international goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is set to sign a four-year contract with Crystal Palace on July 1.
The 29-year-old’s contract with West Brom expires at the end of this month and he has opted to leave the Baggies.
Tottenham and Manchester United had also been linked with moves for Johnstone, but Patrick Vieira’s Eagles won the race for his signature.
Johnstone will likely be in competition with current Palace No1 Vicente Guaita for a starting spot next season as he seeks to reclaim a place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.
Kompany meets his Clarets
Vincent Kompany has officially started life as Burnley boss after the Clarets returned to pre-season training.
Former Manchester City skipper Kompany was made a surprise move to Turf Moor last week, taking the role after two years in charge of his boyhood club Anderlecht in Belgium.
The 36-year-old is tasked with returning Burnley to the top flight at the first attempt in 2022-23 after their six-year spell in the Premier League came to an end with last season’s relegation.
UEFA announces Unity Euro Cup
A new football tournament specially created for refugees will take place next week in Switzerland.
UEFA’s new Unity Euro Cup will see eight teams made up of 70% refugees and 30% non-refugee players compete at the governing body’s headquarters in Nyon.
The event is designed to help strengthen ties between communities and displaced people with Austria, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Germany, France, Malta, Italy and Switzerland, all participating teams.
Michele Uva, UEFA’s director of football and social responsibility, said: “Our common goal is to help refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people to stay physically and mentally healthy and to part of their host community through the power of football.”
Cucho joins Columbus
MLS side Columbus Crew have announced the signing of Watford striker Cucho Hernandez.
The 23-year-old Colombian was one of the Hornets’ most impressive performers last season, scoring five times in 25 Premier League appearances.
However, they couldn’t avoid relegation and his departure for an undisclosed fee has now been confirmed.
Team chairman Tim Bezbatchenko said: “Cucho is a world-class player who is still in the early stages of his career, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the team. of Columbus.”