Diego Costa pleads guilty to tax fraud in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa has pleaded guilty to tax fraud after not paying more than $1.1 million from income earned through image rights. Costa was given a six-month suspended sentence after reaching a deal with authorities to pay more than $560,000. The striker appeared briefly at a Madrid court to finalize the deal with authorities. Spain has cracked down on tax fraud by soccer players in recent years. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have previously paid hefty fines.