Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Man United Boss Jose Mourinho Accused Of Tax Fraud

Mourinho has become the latest high-profile figure from football accused of tax fraud by the Spanish tax office
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of defrauding tax authorities in Spain during his time with Real Madrid.

The allegations against the Portuguese amount to a sum of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) between 2011 and 2012, according to Spanish publication El Pais.

Mourinho is alleged to have been named on the basis of an image rights agreement, to obtain what the prosecutor declared was an “illicit benefit”. He was notified in 2014 that he was under investigation which gave the Spanish authorities a longer period of time to complete their inquiries.

A number of high-profile football stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria, have been accused of tax avoidance in recent months, with Cristiano Ronaldo the most recent example.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid player has denied evading tax between 2011 and 2014, and the club subsequently issued a statement claiming it has "full confidence" in Ronaldo.

However, reports have since suggested that Ronaldo is "upset" at his treatment, and is set to leave Real.

Ironically, a return to United, where he would reunite with Mourinho, has been mooted.

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