Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Jessica Allison
June 23, 2017

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016. The Portuguese worldwide is set to give evidence in his case on 31 July.

And by guiding United to Europa League success, the English Premier League side - the world's most valuable football club - qualified for next season's Champions League, Europe's premier cup competition.

The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros ($F7.6m), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.

The background to this is a concerted attempt by public prosecutors in Spain to target high-earners suspected of tax evasion, with José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo the most recent to be implicated, although both have denied any wrongdoing.

Di Maria's deal is similar to the one struck by Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, who was convicted of tax fraud last year and given a suspended one-year sentence.

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

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JOSE MOURINHO has said he has "not received any notification" from the Spanish tax authorites over allegations he owes £2.9m in unpaid monies.

A prosecutor says he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit". Now, the admission of the two counts of fraud in 2012 and 2013 will see him pay an additional fine of nearly 780,000 euros.

The case will now go before a judge for a decision whether it will be brought to trial.

Last year, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from income made from image rights.

The Spanish tax office can investigate alleged fraud up to four years back in its records.

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