Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Portuguese-born Mourinho is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012.

Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors.

A Madrid prosecutor said in a statement that it had presented a claim to a local court.

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The case against Mourinho comes just a week after prosecutors accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading €14.7 million ($16.5 million) in taxes.

The state prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which indicate that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights".

Ronaldo, 32, has denied the charges and is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

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The Real Madrid superstar has been ordered to testify in court at 11:00 on Monday 31 July, as revealed by Spanish paper El Confidencial.

Messi was given a 21-month jail term last month for failing to pay his taxes and owing over €10.1 million.

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of €1.15 million in 2014.

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Messi is unlikely to serve any time in prison as, under Spanish law, sentences of less than two years are usually suspended.

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