The country’s highest judicial body said in a statement that it had accepted the “cassation appeal” filed by the Catalan defender against a conviction handed down by the National Court in May 2019.
The lawsuit dates back to 2016, when an administrative court convicted the former international defender, ruling that he “falsely” transferred his image rights to his company The Kradd Project to pay lower taxes than in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
This court then ordered him to pay around 1.5 million euros in back taxes and pay a fine of more than 600,000 euros.
A national hearing confirmed the conviction in 2019.
But the Supreme Court rejected the ruling that Kerad Project was just a cover, recognizing the business of the company, whose accounts are managed by Gerard Pique’s brother.
In addition, the Court held that the contributions he made to the United Kingdom while playing for Manchester United in 2008 should be “considered to be an expense deductible from business income” in connection with the payment of income tax, again taking into account the view opposite to the initial principle. Rule.
As a result, the Supreme Court overturned the fine for the player who won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain.
Pique’s companion, Colombian singer Shakira, who is also in trouble with the Spanish tax authorities, may be prosecuted for not paying – according to the prosecution – 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
The couple lives near Barcelona with their two children.