José Mourinho admits tax fraud, accepts one-year jail sentence

Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has admitted committing tax fraud in Spain, and has agreed to a one-year prison term but will not go to jail. The prison sentence will instead be exchanged for a fine of €182,500, that will be added to a separate fine of €2m.

Spain rarely enforces sentences of less than two years for non-violent or first-time offenders. He was accused of owing €3.3m to Spanish tax authorities from his time managing Real Madrid in 2011-2012.

Prosecutors said he created multiple business entities in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere to manage his image rights.

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They argued that the arrangement was designed to obscure his financial gain from such deals – and he left it undeclared in his tax statements.

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The deal was agreed in advance with tax officials. Tuesday’s proceedings involved the Portuguese national accepting the facts of the case during a brief court hearing.

He is the latest high-profile football personality to strike a deal with Spanish authorities, which are pursuing a crackdown on tax evasion or fraud by the country’s many resident star players.

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