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Mourinho given one-year suspended jail sentence for tax fraud

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined £1.8 million by Spanish authorities for tax evasion.

Mourinho given one-year suspended jail sentence for tax fraud

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and been fined £1.8 million by Spanish authorities for tax evasion.

The fine equates to 60% of the €3.3 million (£2.9 million) of tax he is found to have avoided paying in 2011 and 2012. This related to image rights held in an offshore company while he was managing Real Madrid, according to reports.

Mourinho (pictured) previously paid an £800,000 fine following a probe into his tax affairs in 2015. However, the European Investigative Collaborations consortium found evidence that incorrect information had been handed to tax investigators at the time. This prompted the case to be reopened.

The Spanish tax authorities have been clamping down hard on tax evasion in football. Former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a £15 million fine last year. Barcelona legend Lionel Messi was handed a 21-month suspended sentence and a £1.7 million fine in 2016.

 

 

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