Jose Mourinho says tax fraud case is 'closed'

Ruben Hill
November 3, 2017

The state prosecutor had accused him of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to hide his earnings.

The Manchester United manager always denied any wrongdoing and spoke to reporters after a brief hearing in the Spanish capital.

I left Spain in 2013 with the information and conviction that my situation with the tax authorities was perfectly legal.

"Years later I was then informed that an investigation had begun and that I had to change the situation and pay back a certain sum. I have paid and signed with the state to say I am definitely tax compliant".

Mourinho takes his Manchester United team to face his former club Chelsea in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens, Mourinho committed fraud by not declaring the income those companies made from his image rights. Similar cases have been brought against footballers in Spain, among them a number of clients of the agent Jorge Mendes, including Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Falco, Angel María and, most notably, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The current Manchester United coach made the statement outside of a courthouse on the outskirts of Madrid where he appeared briefly before a judge on Friday morning to answer questions regarding accusations of tax fraud.

The agency also published copies of a certificate issued by Spanish tax authorities attesting that Mourinho was in compliance with all of his tax obligations.

A case against Ronaldo is ongoing.

Barcelona's five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month suspended jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine last year for tax fraud related to his image rights.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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