Published: Ср, Июня 21, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud


Jose Mourinho is very interested in a reunion with Nemanja Matic at Manchester United.

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss joined Manchester United in 2016 and won three trophies in his first season.

The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving football players in Spain.

Another big name with Real Madrid connections has been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

He is under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010-13, now coaches Manchester United.

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Mourinho is said to have knowingly used a business structure to hide the money he earned from his image rights.

Smalling will have to impress manager Jose Mourinho as he now faces a battle to get into the starting lineup following the £31m arrival of Victor Lindelof.

Last week, Spanish prosecutors accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding the government of $16.5 million in unpaid taxes from 2011 to 2014, a charge he denies.

The Madrid provincial public prosecutor's office said Mourinho created a "network of shell companies with the object of hiding profits from his image rights".

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was also sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud last year, although the fact that the sentence was less than two years, along with Messi's clean criminal record, meant the Argentinian did not ever go to jail.

In Spain, sentences of under two years are normally suspended.

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