Mourinho accused of tax fraud while at Real Madrid
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 9:50
Spanish prosecutors have accused José Mourinho of defrauding tax authorities there of €3.3 million, after finding that the Portuguese coach used a company in the British Virgin Islands to hide earnings from the sale of his image rights.
Per BBC News, the accusations against Ronaldo stem from activity between 2011 and 2014.
Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.
Besides the statement, which can be seen below, Mourinho's advisers also published a document from tax authorities which they say "attested that he... was in compliance with all tax obligations".
The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010-13, now coaches Manchester United.
United have been strongly linked with a move for their former forward, but Perez is not thinking about the possibility of Real losing their talisman.
Rio Ferdinand has expressed hope that Cristiano Ronaldo makes a shock return to Manchester United this summer.
Mourinho owes the Spanish tax authorities €3.3m, a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.
Speaking to the media on Monday night after his re-election as club president, Florentino Perez said: 'I have not spoken to him.
A number of high-profile football stars have been accused of tax avoidance in recent months, with Cristiano Ronaldo the most recent example.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has said that will testify in his own tax fraud case, having denied all wrong doing.
Spanish authorities have also recently filed papers against Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is accused of evading tax of some 14.7m euros (£12.8m) by hiding income from image rights.
The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using offshore companies to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007 to 2009. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offense and the sentence was under two years.