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José Mourinho accused of £2.9m tax fraud

José Mourinho accused of £2.9m tax fraud

Spanish prosecutors have accused Manchester United manager José Mourinho of tax fraud.

According to reports, prosecutors have accused Mourinho of defrauding the Spanish state of €3.3m (£2.9m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012 when he was in charge of Real Madrid.  

Mourinho is said to have knowingly used a business structure to conceal the money he earned from his image rights. 

Mourinho, who is yet to comment, is among a host of big names who have become embroiled in tax scandals in Spain. 

These include Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge, who were both handed 21-month jail terms for a €4.1 million.  

Earlier this month Portuguese footballer and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, was accused of evading £13 million (€14.7 million)  in tax between 2011 and 2014.

The prosecutor’s office in Madrid filed a lawsuit against the 32-year-old footballer, who is accused of using a ‘business structure’ to hide income made from his image rights. 

Ronaldo, who denies the allegations, is due to appear in court on 31 July. 

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