Mourinho accused of €3.3m tax fraud

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors, while he managed Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager is accused of evading tax in Spain to the tune of €3.3 million between 2011 and 2012, a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement.

In a statement released on Tuesday, a prosecutor in Madrid said the 54-year-old had committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, saying that “corporate structures were used by the accused in order to conceal revenues generated from his image rights”.

The Portuguese failed to declare his income when he submitted his tax returns in the relevant years “with the intention of deriving unlawful benefit”, the prosecutor alleges. Mourinho has yet to comment on the claims.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.

A judge will decide whether the matter will go to court.

José Mourinho joins a growing list of football stars being investigated and prosecuted in Spain over accusations of tax evasion, in particular in connection with allegedly undeclared income from the sale of image rights by using companies based outside the country. In this way, Lionel Messi has been found guilty of fraud, and recently Cristiano Ronaldo accused by prosecutors of evading €14.7m.

Ronaldo will testify on July 31 in Madrid on allegations that he hid income from tax authorities between 2011 and 2014, the court said on Tuesday.

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