After star footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were accused of tax fraud, Spanish prosecutors have accused Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of the same.
The Premier League giants’ manager is being investigated for his time as Real Madrid’s head coach. The Portuguese is accused of defrauding Spain of £2.9m in taxes between 2011 and 2012.
In a statement released on Tuesday, a prosecutor in Madrid claimed that Jose had committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012. The former Real Madrid head coach did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an ‘illicit benefit’.
Mourinho is yet to comment on the accusations. According to reports, a judge will decide whether the matter will go to court.
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Messi and Ronaldo, two of the best players on the planet, have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.
The 32-year-old, who played under Mourinho, has denied the accusations, and has threatened to leave Spain as protest. The Portuguese international, who is in Russia with his national team for the Confederations Cup, is set to give evidence in his case on July 31.
Last year, Barcelona talisman Leo Messi, and his father Jorge, were also convicted of tax fraud to the tune of €4.1 million on his image rights. In May, the duo were handed 21-month jail terms in a ruling that was confirmed by Spain’s Supreme Court.
However, the 5-time World Player of the Year is unlikely to go to prison, thanks to the Spanish law, where sentences under two years can be served under probation.
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