José Mourinho settles Spainsh tax evasion case

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MourinhoMulti-millionaire football team manager, José Mourinho, has been fined €2m and handed an agreed one-year suspended prison sentence in order to end the Spanish tax evasion case against him.

The manager of Manchester United had been charged with two tax frauds, dating back to when he was at Real Madrid, which denied Spain’s treasury €3.3m in 2011 and 2012.

Reuters and El Mundo report that Mourinho is unlikely to serve any time in jail as, in Spain, the law states that a sentence of under two years for a first-time offence can be served on probation.

The 55-year-old did go to court in Madrid in November 2017 to answer questions during which he stated that a tax bill from his time in Spain already had been paid.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 and went back to Chelsea before moving to Manchester United in 2016.

Spanish prosecutors said Mourinho, in a similar fashion to Cristiano Ronaldo, had not declared income from his image rights on his income tax declarations with the aim of denying the Spanish taxman his dues.

Ronaldo, who was managed by Mourinho at Real Madrid, received a two-year suspended sentence and had to write out a cheque for €18.8 million, later receiving a surprise €2 million VAT rebate.


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