Man Utd boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of evading 14.7 million euros (S$22.8m) in tax, has been summoned to appear before a judge in Spain, judicial sources told AFP yesterday.

The complicated structure used by Mr Mourinho also incorporated two Dublin-registered companies registered to the north inner city address of Moore Stephens accountants.

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.

Mourinho (right) guided Real Madrid to the 2011-12 LaLiga title, returning to manage Chelsea after leaving the Bernabeu in June, 2013 before taking over as Manchester United boss last summer.

According to an article published by UK's The Sun, Mourinho fell out with Ronaldo while he was the Real boiss, as he believed he was one of the high-profile players who had turned against him.

The hearing will take place on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports. Prosecutors accuse the Portugal global of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world record fee of 96 million euros and is their all-time top scorer with 404 goals in 394 games.

Mourinho, who has won 25 trophies with clubs in Portugal, Italy, Spain and England, managed Real from 2010 and 2013, winning the Spanish league and the Super Cup in 2012 and the Copa del Rey in 2011.

Other prominent football figures have been accused of tax fraud in Spain in recent months.

Perez did an interview Monday with Onda Cera where he spoke about the tax evasion accusations Ronaldo is facing.

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.

It means the Real Madrid and Portugal star risks further fines, and even sentencing, as the process gets set to be a drawn-out affair.

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.

  • Julie Sanders