Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors during his stint at Real Madrid.

Prosecutors claim that the Portuguese manager - who took over at Manchester United a year ago - failed to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012. "To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process", a statement on the Gestifute website reads.

This news comes on the heels of reports of Cristiano Ronaldo saying he wants out of Real Madrid after being accused of defrauding the Spanish government of $16 million.

Ronaldo has been summonsed to appear in court in Madrid on July 31 as part of the investigation.

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The cases regard the profits Ronaldo and Mourinho made from image rights, not their salaries from their clubs.

The case relates to the 29-year-old's image rights in 2012 and 2013, and he has agreed to repay £1.14million as well as a 60% fine.

Prosecutors allege the star player failed to pay €14.8 million in tax due between 2011 and 2014 and "intentionally" misled authorities by declaring €11.5 million in taxable earnings versus a real figure of $43 million.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man is in a spot of trouble.

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Spanish prosecutors have kept up their pressure on football's alleged tax avoiders with Manchester United manager José Mourinho being the latest to be dragged before the courts.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine previous year for tax fraud.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge, who managed his finances, were convicted of defrauding Spain of €4.1 million (£3.5 million) in taxes in 2016.

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Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.


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