Jose Mourinho denies any wrongdoing in tax probe
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 11:43
Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.
The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros, a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.
The state prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which indicates that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights".
Mourinho is under suspicion of having committed two offences in relation to personal income tax, but the 54-year-old has denied any wrongdoing. "To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process", a statement on the Gestifute website reads. In the season just ended, he won three trophies in his debut campaign at Manchester United, although he drew criticism after a poor league performance in which United finished sixth in the Premier League.
Mourinho was one of many Jose Mendes clients implicated in a tax fraud scandal uncovered by Football Leaks previous year, per Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sports).
Mourinho's management team - Gestifute - and Real Madrid did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
This assumes, however, that Ronaldo is still a Madrid player, with a source confirming that he wants to leave Madrid and Spain as a result of accusations from the Spanish tax authorities and the media. "No offer has been received for him".
The list also included Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who was officially charged earlier this month, per the Telegraph.