first_imgManchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has not travelled with the rest of the team for the start of their pre-season tour of the United States owing to a visa issue. Manchester United players, without the ones who played in the World Cup, left for US on Sunday.United will play their first match of the five-match tour is against Mexico’s Club America in Los Angeles on Friday.They will also play Major League Soccer (MLS) side San Jose Earthquakes on July 22 before taking on AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on July 26, 28 and Aug 1 respectively.If Sanchez fails to secure entry to the US, United have a friendly at Bayern Munich on August 5 before their league opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10.Also read – Manchester United agree terms with Ajax to sell Daley BlindSpeaking from Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for the club said United still hoped the 29-year-old would be able to join them once his “personal administrative issue” had been resolved.British media reported on Monday that Sanchez was understood to have failed to get a US visa due to a 16-month suspended jail sentence imposed by a Spanish court in February for tax fraud.He was accused of defrauding the Spanish state of a combined 983,000 euros ($1.2 million) in image rights when playing for Barcelona in 2012 and 2013 by using a shell company in Malta and omitting the earnings from tax returns.Spanish law is such that any sentence under two years for a non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time.advertisementThe BBC reported that Sanchez, who was training with United last week after a summer break without any World Cup action, was working with his lawyers to secure entry to the US under a waiver scheme.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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