Mourinho accused of £3.3mn tax fraud in Spain

Spanish prosecutors said on Tuesday they had filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he coached Real Madrid.

"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".

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.

Mourinho has been accused of a similar scheme, using shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights", according to the AP.

Manchester United had finished sixth in the English Premier League.

However, Mourinho's representatives Gestifute Media issued a statement on Tuesday evening saying their client had "not received any notification" of the actions by the authorities in Spain, as well as circulating a copy of an official tax document dated July 3, 2015 which covered the periods in question.

Mourinho (54) coached Madrid from 2010-13.

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

The prison term will be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years. "In the past few years Spain's tax agency has intensified its control over footballers and their companies, checking to see if they are mere fronts or whether they are really active economically".

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty of three counts of tax evasion amounting to £3.6 million.

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  • Julie Sanders