Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud

The news follows reports in Spain that suggest Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in court on July 31 in relation to separate accusations of tax fraud.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of defrauding tax authorities to the tune of €3.3million by a Spanish regional prosecutor.

According to the prosecutor Mourinho did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit".

A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid's provincial state prosecutor's office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of €1.15 million in 2014.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English Premier League club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.

Other football stars have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

Lionel Messi, considered one of the top two players in the world along with Ronaldo, was handed a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud past year.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year Barcelona star Lionel Messi had a suspended 21-month jail sentence for tax evasion upheld by the Spanish Supreme Court.

  • Julie Sanders