Alexis Sanchez is apparently unable to enter the United States as a result of visa issues stemming from a suspended sentence over tax fraud.

By 90Min
July 16, 2018

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has been refused entry to the United States and will not be with the team when they take part in their preseason tour of America, per the BBC.

The Chilean is apparently unable to enter the States as a result of visa issues stemming from a suspended sentence over tax fraud.

Last season's FA Cup finalists flew to Los Angeles on Sunday, but Sanchez was a notable absentee, with United later confirming that the player was left in England because of "personal administrative issues."

The former Arsenal attacker was met with problems when he attempted the acquisition of a U.S visa after accepting a suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain back in February.

The player admitted culpability following a charge stating he had defrauded the Spanish government of £885,000 during the 2012/13 season, while he was still a Barcelona player.

Sanchez agreed to repay the sum in full, accepting a 16-month sentence, and he avoided prison as Spain's laws allow first-time offenders sentenced for less than two years to serve outside of jail, providing they aren't charged with another offence during the period.

America's laws, meanwhile, do not permit anyone found guilty of fraud to obtain a visa or enter the country.

Unfortunately for United, they will have to proceed on their five-game tour without one of their most important players.

They will start the tour with a match against Club America in Arizona on Friday morning and will also be visiting Santa Clara, Detroit and Miami before heading back home.

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