Jose Mourinho scores €2.2m tax fine

Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and agreed to pay €2.2m (£1.9m) in fines after admitting tax fraud while he was the manager of Spanish club Real Madrid

Mourinho appeared in court in Madrid to confirm a plea deal over charges that he had failed to pay €3.3m in tax due in Spain by not declaring revenues from image rights in 2011 and 2012.

In court it was alleged that Mourinho had used offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal his earnings during the time he was living in Spain.

Mourinho’s deal means he will pay €1.9m – 60% of the amount defrauded – plus an additional €121,764 in interest. He is also paying a €182,500 fine in exchange for serving no jail time.

Sentences of less than two years for non-violent or first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

Mourinho is the latest in a string of high-profile football personalities to have fallen foul of Spain’s tax laws, with the authorities cracking down on fraud by multimillionaire stars.

In January, star striker Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a fine of €18.8, and a suspended 23-month jail sentence over claims he had also failed to pay tax on image rights when playing for Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.

Report by Pat Sweet

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