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Tax fraud case against Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso dropped

Spain will not pursue a tax fraud case against Xabi Alonso.

A Spanish judge has dropped a tax fraud case against Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Alonso had been under investigation by the Spanish authorities since 2014 for alleged tax evasion involving his image rights.

According to El Confidencial newspaper, a prosecutor asked a judge to investigate the 35-year-old, claiming there was evidence that Alonso had defrauded the tax office of €2 million from 2010-12.

Alonso was one of a number of players investigated by Spanish tax authorities for...

Referee in Spanish regional league attacked by player

A Miralbueno player punched the referee in the face.

A referee was attacked by a player during a lower league game in Spain after awarding a penalty.

Fahd Aboou El Mourabit, 18, was officiating Sunday's first regional division game between Miralbueno and San Juan in the city of Zaragoza.

Visiting team San Juan converted a penalty in the 20th minute and immediately after, El Mourabit showed Miralbueno goalkeeper a yellow card for dissent.

A Miralbueno player, who has not been named, punched the referee in the face and knocked him to the ground before...

 By Mark Lovell

New tax charges filed against Xabi Alonso and two other ex-Real Madrid players

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax avoidance.
Robert Lewandowski's superb free kick ended Atleti's perfect run in Group D, as both sides advance to the knockout rounds.

A prosecutor for the region of Madrid confirmed via statement that new tax charges have been made against Xabi Alonso along with Angel Di Maria and Ricardo Carvalho, all former Real Madrid players.

The prosecutor's office said it acted on information from Spain's tax authorities. Alonso, the 35-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder was already under investigation by the tax agency for a 2014 case.

The current investigation in the Spanish capital also involves Di Maria, now at Paris Saint-Germain,...

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata poised for return after taking part in training

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata looks set to return in Wednesday's Champions League game at home to Borussia Dortmund, but Cristiano Ronaldo sat out training on Monday.

Madrid have already qualified for the knockout stages but must beat current leaders Dortmund to top Group F and be seeded for the next round.

Avoiding defeat would also see Zinedine Zidane's team match the club record of 34 unbeaten games in all competitions, set in 1988-89.

Morata has not featured since picking up a hamstring...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez, Mohd Faiz Subri up for FIFA Puskas award

Corinthians attacking midfielder Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez and Mohd Faiz Subri are the three nominees for the FIFA Puskas award 2016 for the best goal of the year.

The three-player shortlist was whittled down from an original 10 goals, with the winner to be announced on Jan. 9, 2017.

Lionel Messi's long free kick in Argentina's Copa America 4-0 semifinal victory over the United States and Neymar's flick and volley for Barcelona against Villarreal were not included.