Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho of 3.3 mln eur tax fraud

The Portuguese coach became a Spanish tax resident in 2010 when he joined Real Madrid but is accused of failing to declare image rights earnings to Spanish tax authorities.

Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

Mourinho had "not received any notification" of the actions taken by the authorities.

A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed to Press Association Sport that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

"Mourinho paid more than €26 million in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41% and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement regarding 2013".

The 32-year-old has reportedly been summoned to appear before a judge on 31 July.

Media consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) has claimed that no less than 185 million euros worth of income has escaped the attentions of tax authorities using shell companies and offshore accounts.

After leaving Madrid, he returned to England for a second spell with Chelsea before joining United, with whom he won the Europa League and the League Cup in the season just finished.

The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving football stars in Spain.

The football world in Spain has been rocked by charges of tax evasion or corruption pressed against some of its other leading stars.

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi was given a 21-month sentence a year ago, which he is unlikely to serve, for having defrauded the national purse of 4.1 million euros of undeclared image rights earnings.

Jose Mourinho's representatives have insisted that they have not been contacted by the Spanish tax authorities regarding allegations of fraud.

Messi and his father were both given 21-month jail sentences but neither will go to prison as the misdeed is considered a first offense.

  • Julie Sanders