Jose Mourinho admits tax fraud in Spain

Jose Mourinho: Former Manchester United manager accepts a guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain.

Ex-Manchester United boss and Former Real Madrid Manager José Mourinho has agreed with a prison term in Spain for tax fraud but will not go to jail.

A one-year prison sentence will instead be exchanged for a fine of €182,500 (£160,160). That will be added to a separate fine of €2m.

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He was accused of owing €3.3m to Spanish tax authorities from his time managing Real Madrid in 2011-2012 in unpaid taxes. The money involved revenues from image rights, not salary paid by Real Madrid.

Prosecutors said he had created offshore companies to manage his image rights and hide the earnings from tax officials.

The 56-year-old Portuguese coach, recently fired by Manchester United, was in charge of Real Madrid from 2010-13.

Mourinho’s plea deal comes two weeks after former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo pleaded guilty to tax fraud from the time he played in Spain. The Portugal forward received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay nearly 19 million euros ($NZ31.5 million) to Spanish authorities.

Reports claim that Mourinho had appeared before a judge in 2017 and denied any wrongdoing, saying he had paid everything he owed to Spanish tax authorities from the time he coached Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho said he left the country in 2013 with the “information and the conviction” that he was up to date with his tax obligations.

Reports from Spanish prosecutors claimed that Jose Mourinho, a Portuguese national, had set up multiple business entities in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere to manage his image rights.

They also argued that was designed to obscure his financial gain from such deals – and he left it undeclared in his tax statements after he moved to Spain.

Mourinho’s representatives have declined to comment on the case.

Apart from Mourinho, other worldwide players had been accused of such case.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar have also found themselves embroiled in legal battles with the Spanish tax authorities.

Another former Real Madrid star, Xabi Alonso, is also facing charges over alleged tax fraud amounting to about €2m, though he denies any wrongdoing.

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