Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Spanish prosecutors said on Tuesday that the Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho.

The Argentine midfielder is accused of failing to pay some 1.3 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

Mourinho guided Real Madrid to the 2011/12 LaLiga title, returning to manage Chelsea after leaving the Bernabeu in June 2013 before taking over as Manchester United boss last summer.

"The Economic Crimes Section of the Madrid Prosecutor's Office has filed a complaint in the courts of Pozuelo de Alarcón against José Mourinho in which he is accused of committing two crimes against Public Treasury during the years 2011 and 2012 for a total amount of 3,304,670 euros".

"All these companies' structures were used by the accused with the object of making physically opaque his image rights earnings", the state prosecutor's report read.

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Di Maria spent four seasons with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014 and the details of his case have been confirmed by the Spanish tax authorities.

According to the Daily Record, the tax fraud allegations levelled against Ronaldo have been known about for some time. Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year. The Portugal forward has strenuously denied the allegations and threatened to quit the country.

Both were given 21-month jail sentences, though neither is expected to serve the time as it was a first offence and the sentence was under two years.

A request for comment from Mendes' agency, Gestifute, was not immediately answered.

The prosecutor's office said Mourinho sold his image rights to Koper Services S.

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