MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo will have to enter a Madrid courthouse on foot on Tuesday after he was refused special treatment, officials at the court where he will appear for tax fraud said.
According to a court document dated January 18 and unveiled on Monday, the 33-year-old Juventus forward and former Real Madrid player was denied special security measures that would have allowed him to avoid walking past journalists and curious onlookers.
The court session will start at 9:50 am time (0850 GMT) and a spokesman said Ronaldo could be sentenced on the same day or in coming days.
Ronaldo is expected to be given a hefty fine after Spanish tax authorities and the player’s advisors made a deal to settle claims he hid income generated from image rights when he played for Real Madrid.
The five-time world player of the year spent nine trophy-laden years at Madrid.
The president of the court in northern Madrid, Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Herrero, said in the court document that he had refused Ronaldo the special measures because despite his “great fame,” he won’t “compromise security” when he walks up the stairs to the courthouse.
That means Ronaldo will not be able to drive into a court car park away from the cameras, as he had requested.
His request to appear via video conference was also denied.
The deal reached between Ronaldo’s lawyers and Spanish tax authorities mean the player will be fined 18.8 million euros ($21.4 million) and given a 23-month prison sentence which he will not have to serve.
Sentences of up to two years are generally not enforced in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.
The judge at the hearing will pass the final sentence.
PSL 2019: Qalandars, the first side to reach 200!
SHARJAH: With the help of Umar Siddiq’s 53 off 38 balls and James Vince’s 84 off 41 balls, Qalandars became the first team to score double centuries in the ongoing PSL here today.
In the tenth PSL clash, Qalandars representing the Walled City took a solid stand against the Multan Sultans beating them by six wickets. Earlier, Qalandars won the toss and elected to field. Sultans set a victory target of 201 runs. S Lamichhane took three wickets. For Lahore Qalandars, AB de Villiers scored 52 runs and D Wiese 45.
Teams: Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, AB de Villiers, Sohail Akhtar, Salman Agha, Brendan Taylor, David Wiese, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali
Multan Sultans: James Vince, Laurie Evans, Umar Siddiq, Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Andre Russell, Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Irfan Khan, Mohammad Irfan
Umar Amin inspires from Younis Khan’s presence in Peshawar Zalmi
ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Umar Amin Friday says that he takes his inspiration from legendary former cricketer and team mentor Younis Khan, whom he credits for his improved batting technique.
Talking to a private news channel, he said, “I consider myself very lucky to have Younis Khan in our dressing room. He guides us, he is helping me with technical stuff,” adding, he has been getting tips to play the ball more quickly. “I’m just taking it game by game and trying to live in the present. I want to be better with every passing match,” he shared when asked if he is targeting a spot in the World Cup squad for Pakistan.“I’m enjoying the PSL. It’s up to the selectors to decide who to pick,” Amin added. The 29-year old said the players are craving to play in front of their home crowd when the PSL action comes to Karachi and Lahore in the latter part of the tournament next month.
Cricket: S. Africa v S. Lanka scoreboard
Port Elizabeth: Scores at the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park today.
South Africa, first innings, 222
Sri Lanka, first innings
D. Karunaratne c De Kock b Rabada 17
L. Thirimanne c and b Olivier 29
O. Fernando b Olivier 0
K. Mendis c De Kock b Olivier 16
K. Rajitha b Rabada 1
K. Perera c De Kock b Rabada 20
D. de Silva c De Kock b Mulder 19
N. Dickwella c Elgar b Rabada 42
S. Lakmal lbw b Maharaj 7
V. Fernando not out 0
L. Embuldeniya absent injured
Extras (lb1, nb2) 3
Total (37.4 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Karunaratne), 2-34 (O. Fernando), 3-59 (Mendis), 4-64 (Thirimanne), 5-66 (Rajitha), 6-97 (Perera), 7-128 (De Silva), 8-154 (Lakmal), 9-154 (Dickwella)
Bowling: Steyn 10-2-39-0, Rabada 12.4-3-38-4, Olivier 10-1-61-3 (2nb), Mulder 3-2-6-1, Maharaj 2-0-9-1
Match situation: South Africa lead by 68 runs on the first innings
Toss: South Africa