José Mourinho accused of £2.9m tax fraud

Ruben Hill
June 24, 2017

Prosecutors claim that the Portuguese manager - who took over at Manchester United past year - failed to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011and 1.7 million euros in 2012. "To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process", the statement from Gestifute Media read.

Matic played under Mourinho during the Portuguese coach's second spell in charge at Chelsea and helped the Blues win the Premier League and EFL Cup in the 2014-15 season. Ronaldo is also managed by the same agent as Mourinho and is being accused of shortchanging the Spanish government by up to 14.7 million pounds from his image rights. Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.

There have been suggestions that Ronaldo is using links to both United and Paris Saint-Germain to earn a new contract at Real Madrid or in hope of stopping or quietening allegations of tax avoidance against him.

Other big names in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

Meanwhile Brazil star and Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents are due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.

The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros (2.91 million pounds), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.

"Ronaldo is a Real player and will continue to be so as far as we are concerned", Perez told Marca sports daily Tuesday. "No offer has been received for him".

Ronaldo has been summonsed to appear in court in Madrid on July 31 as part of the investigation.

Ronaldo, 32, has denied the charges and is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

Messi and his father were given 21-month sentences for three counts of tax fraud but did not go to prison, while Mascherano was given a one-year sentence for tax evasion.

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