Jose Mourinho avoids jail for Spanish tax fraud

06 February, 2019, 11:29 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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José Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence on top of a €2m fine for tax fraud as part of a settlement with the Spanish authorities.

Sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders can be suspended in Spain.

Mourinho has been linked with a return to Real Madrid after reportedly turning down the Benfica job.

The former Manchester United manager appeared in a Madrid court to confirm the agreement with the Spanish tax authorities.

It was reported last September that he had agreed to accept a one-year prison sentence and fine in order to bring the legal proceedings to an end.

Mourinho accepted the sentence, which centered on the evasion of 3.3 million euros related to image rights in his tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, when he was coaching Real Madrid.

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This evasion cost the Tax Agency €1.6 million in 2011 and nearly €1.7 million in 2012.

The Portuguese coach will also have to pay an additional penalty of 1.98 million euros (2.26 million USA dollars).

The Mourinho settlement comes amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.

The 56-year-old had already settled a previous claim in 2014, which saw Mourinho fined around £1.1m.

Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens. The Portugal forward received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay almost 19 million euros (US$21.7 million) to Spanish authorities.

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