Tennis star Boris Becker could be deported from the UK on his release from prison
Boris Becker could be deported from the UK after serving his prison sentence. The fallen tennis ace has lived in Britain since 2012 but does not have British citizenship
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Fallen tennis ace Boris Becker could be deported from the UK after serving his prison sentence.
The German, jailed for fraudulent bankruptcy, has lived in Britain since 2012 but will be considered for deportation as he does not have British citizenship.
Foreigners sentenced to more than 12 months in prison could be deported from the UK because their deportation “is deemed to be in the public good”.
A source said: “Boris always said he would get citizenship but never did.
“Overseas criminals can be deported if their sentence is severe enough. Boris is likely to be considered.
In 2015 Becker, 54, said he loved living in west London and was going to apply for British citizenship.
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The father-of-four told the BBC that he and his family “love Wimbledon very much, people treat us with respect”.
But it is believed he never applied and is not ‘naturalised’ in the UK.
The Home Office said: “Any foreign national convicted of a crime and sentenced to a prison term shall be considered for deportation as soon as possible.” Becker has won six Grand Slams, including his Wimbledon title in 1985 at the age of 17. He also won the event in 1986 and 1989.
Last week he was sent to HMP Wandsworth for two and a half years. It is believed that he will serve half of that term.
Becker’s ex-wife Lilly, 45, revealed this week that she had to tell their son, Amadeus, 12, that his “daddy didn’t listen to the law and he’s mean”.
The star, who attended the trial with partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, hid more than £2.5million in cash, stocks and property when he went bankrupt in 2017. The BBC pundit claimed that his £38 million from tennis had been swallowed up by divorce and “expensive lifestyle commitments”.
After he went bankrupt on an unpaid £3million loan in 2017, Southwark Crown Court heard he should have declared all assets to independent trustees who would distribute them to creditors.
However, he had nearly £1million in a business account which he used as a ‘piggy bank’ for personal spending.
Jurors heard he quickly transferred more than £350,000 to nine recipients.
He also failed to declare £1m property in his home town of Leimen, a £700,000 loan and £600,000 in shares.