Manchester United boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

Angel Di Maria has agreed a deal with Spain's state prosecutor in which the former Real Madrid forward admits two counts of tax fraud of nearly €1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.

But a statement released by Mourinho's representatives Gestifute Media said he had not been informed personally of the accusations.

That is the opinion of pundit and former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley, who says Ronaldo needs a "massage of the back" from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Jose Mourinho's representatives have defended the Manchester United manager after he was accused of tax fraud totalling €3.3 million (£2.9m) relating to his time at Real Madrid.

A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid's provincial state prosecutor's office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.

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"Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than 26 million euros in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 per cent, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013". Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, who have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain, are also clients of Mendes.

The statement also said that Mourinho had received a certificate from the authorities confirming that he was "up to date with all his tax obligations".

The hearing will take place at 09:00 GMT on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcón, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine previous year for tax fraud.

The prosecutor said Ronaldo used shell company in the Virgin Islands to cheat on his taxes.

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