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Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

20 June 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused of evading 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in tax at Real Madrid, the public prosecutor's office in Madrid announced.

The claims date back to 2011 and 2012, when Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid. The Madrid prosecutor said the case was presented to a local court.

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The state prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which indicate that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights".

Ronaldo has been accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million, a claim he has strenuously denied.

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Madrid president Florentino Perez defended the superstar on Monday and insisted he would not be letting his prized asset leave unless a club can meet his €1billion buyout clause. Messi and his father, Jorge, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding the tax department to the tune of about £3.5million.

The news comes just as it has been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will testify in his own tax fraud case, on 31st July. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offense and the sentence was under two years.

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