Mourinho fined for tax fraud in Spain in lieu of jail time

Mourinho fined for tax fraud in Spain in lieu of jail time

'I left Spain in 2013 with the information and the conviction that my tax situation was perfectly legal, ' Mourinho said after a hearing back in November 2017.

However, he struck a deal with Spanish prosecutors a year ago that was ratified in court Tuesday.

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has received a one-year prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of €3.3m (£2.8m).

Instead of spending time behind bars, he will pay an additional €182,500 fine, separate to the aforementioned €2m fine. That amount was paid by the administrative channel, now added to by the fines imposed on Mourinho in lieu of prison time.

The Portuguese national was accused of owing Spanish tax authorities almost €3.3m (£2.9m). These charges relate to undeclared revenue regarding image rights in 2011 and 2012, when Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid.




Mourinho has been without a club since December when United fired him for poor results.

Mr Mourinho's move to Manchester United in 2016 was even delayed after it emerged his previous team Chelsea owned the trademark to his name.

He is the latest high-profile football personality to strike a deal with Spanish authorities, which are pursuing a crackdown on tax evasion or fraud by the country's many resident star players.

Under Spanish law, jail terms under two years can be served under probation.

Several other soccer figures have been subjected to investigations from tax authorities in Spain in recent years, including Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Fabio Coentrao and Xabi Alonso.

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