Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in Spanish court over tax bill

Jose Mourinho
MANCHESTER UNITED Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is due to make a court appearance in Spain on Friday

05 November, 2017

It was alleged Mourinho owes the Spanish state almost £2.9million in undeclared revenue related to image rights in 2011 and 2012 - a claim that has been strenuously denied by his representatives.

Per's Dermot Corrigan, the Manchester United manager appeared in court in the Spanish capital to answer charges related to a €3.3 million tax fraud.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to pay the fee, demanded by Spanish authorities in order to settle his tax case, which is dated back to his time in charge at Real Madrid.

"I left Spain in 2013 with the information and the conviction that my tax situation was perfectly legal", Mourinho said.

The 54-year-old was accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the country's tax authorities of €3.3m (£2.9m) in unpaid taxes in 2011 and 2012.

"I did not complain (or) appeal and I paid and I signed an agreement and a compliance act with the state, saying the everything was closed. That's why I was here for five minutes to tell the judge exactly what I am telling you now", he concluded.

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The investigation remains open, however, and it will be up to the judge to decide whether Mourinho will have to stand trial.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.

"The Spanish government in turn, through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations". Last year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty of defrauding the authorities of €4.1 million of taxes in image rights revenue.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao are among other players who have or are being investigated.

Meanwhile, the case has come just days before United go up against Chelsea in the Premier League.

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