Mourinho accused of €3.3m tax fraud in Spain

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was today accused of evading €3.3 million (RM15.8 million) in tax at Real Madrid, the public prosecutor's office in Madrid announced.

In a statement released Tuesday, the state prosecutor said Mourinho committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.

The Economic Crime Section of the Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Madrid has filed a complaint with the Court of Instruction.

The Argentinian spent four years with Los Blancos before moving to Manchester United in 2014 for a Premier League record fee of £59.7m.

Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain.

Spanish tax authorities believe Mourinho used an image rights company based in the British Virgin Islands that was part of a chain of companies including two in Ireland linked to Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes. Mourinho, 54, allegedly owes the Spanish tax authorities €3.3 million ($3.7 million). He is under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

"From now on it will be the judge in charge of the case who will take the necessary steps to determine the possible responsibilities of Mr Mourinho".

The claim, which dates to a period between 2011 and 2012, alleges that money due from the use of his image rights were steered into 'corporate structures [which] were used by the accused in order to hide revenues'. 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. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing and is so unhappy at the accusations he has reportedly insisted he now wants a move away from Madrid. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of almost 800,000 euros ($890,000).

  • Julie Sanders