Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Tricia Pearson
June 29, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria was handed a prison sentence and a fine after admitting to two counts of tax fraud during his time with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup with Portugal's national soccer team, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009. A claim for the money has been presented at a local court, reports the Daily Mail.

A prosecutor says he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit".

"He's under contract, so if they decide to let him go because he wants to leave or because of the situation that he's in in the courts or whatever it is, we'll see".

Mourinho led Madrid to the Liga title in 2011-12, before first returning to Chelsea and then taking over at Old Trafford past year.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho.

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014.

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"Cristiano has a contract and he is a Real Madrid player".

Prosecutors accuse the Portugal global of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate.

The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros (about 2.91 million pounds or N1.46 billion), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement.

Both players deny any wrongdoing.

Last year, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from income made from image rights.

Meanwhile Brazil star and Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents are due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

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