Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by the Spanish prosecutor.

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On Tuesday it was revealed that the prosecutor had failed a claim against Mourinho, 54, who is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of over $3.68 million.

The Spanish authorities are looking in to Mourinho’s time as Real Madrid manager and are focusing on 2011 and 2012 where he is accused of not paying income tax on image rights.

Below is a statement from the Spanish prosecutors office.

“The economic crimes department of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid has filed a complaint in the courts of Pozuelo de Alarcón against José Mourinho in which he is accused of committing two crimes against the Public Treasury during the years 2011 and 2012 for a Total amount of 3,304,670.

“This investigation was initiated in the Public Prosecutor’s Office after the State Agency of the Tax Administration informed the Prosecutor’s Office of this information. From now on it will be the judge who is in charge of the case who must carry out the necessary steps to determine the possible responsibilities of Mr. Mourinho.”

Mourinho is not the first, and probably won’t be the last, high-profile name to be accused of not paying tax on image rights.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is in question after the Portuguese superstar, who also has the same agent as Mourinho, Jorge Mendes, had similar allegations thrown at him. Ronaldo has vehemently denied the allegations but has to appear in court on July 31. Barcelona’s star duo Lionel Messi and Neymar have also had similar issues with the Spanish authorities in recent months.

Surely I’m not the only person thinking: “how have these guys not got a decent lawyer and accountant to figure all this out?”