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There could be pain in Spain as Mourhino faces tax charges

21 June 2017 - 08:10 By Reuters
Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016. File photo
Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016. File photo
Image: AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES

Spanish prosecutors said yesterday 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.

The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities €3.3-million, a Madrid prosecutor said.

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

Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 to 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of €1.15-million in 2014.

But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

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

Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo will testify on July 31 in a case in which he is accused of hiding income from the tax authorities, court officials said yesterday.

The Spanish prosecutor said the Real Madrid forward knowingly used a business structure to hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied the charges.

Real Madrid officials were not available for comment . 

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