Jose Mourinho denies tax fraud accusations in Spain

Jose Mourinho has denied accusations of tax evasion made against him by Spanish authorities.

Prosecutors within the country had filed a claim against the Manchester United manager that he defrauded the tax authorities of 3.3 million Euros when he managed Real Madrid.

A prosecutor in Madrid said in a statement released yesterday that the Portuguese manager had committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, saying that “corporate structures were used by the accused in order to conceal revenues generated from his image rights”.

Mourinho had been considered to have failed to declare that income when he submitted his tax returns in the relevant years “with the intention of deriving unlawful benefit”, the prosecutor alleges.

A decision is pending from a judge which will decide whether the matter will go to court.

However, a spokesman for the Manchester United manager said: “Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today. To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted José Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process.”

“Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than €26m in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41%, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013.”

“The Spanish government in turn, through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations.”

Reports also emerged yesterday that the Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo will testify in court on 31 July over allegations that he defrauded the authorities of €14.8min unpaid taxes between 2011 and 2014.

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