Jose Mourinho Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Tax Evasion in Spain

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Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has become the latest high profile football personality to receive a jail sentence from Spanish tax authorities.

Mourinho has agreed to a one-year jail term deal in a settlement agreement reached between his attorneys and the Spanish tax authorities on charges of tax fraud.

Mourinho would spend no time in prison as part of the deal but would exchange his one year sentence for a fine of €182,500. He would pay a further €2m fine as part of the settlement.

Mourinho was accused of owing €3.3m in back taxes to Spanish authorities stemming from his time managing Real Madrid in 2011-2012.

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The taxes stem from earnings on his image rights, which according to prosecutors were paid through a series of offshore accounts to hide them from tax authorities.

Mourinho is hardly the first or football tax cheat to be caught by authorities in Spain. World-renowned stars such as Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar Jnr have all faced questions of tax evasion and both Ronaldo and Marcelo have accepted similar suspended jail sentences.

Born José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, the Portuguese’s last job was as head coach of Manchester United, from which he was sacked last December following a stretch of poor results.

Source: GhanaCelebrities.Com





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