Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year jail in his tax fraud case with the Spanish state, and has been ordered to pay a €2m fine.
The 56-year-old is accused of committing tax fraud in 2011 and 2012 when he coached Spanish giants Real Madrid.
A Spanish court filing showed that Mourinho had agreed the deal and that he will not serve jail time in exchange for a hefty fine, having been accused of failing to declare the image rights in his Spanish tax declarations “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”.
Concise News had reported that the Portuguese was accused of owing nearly €3.3 million in undeclared image rights revenue for 2011 and 2012, when he was in Spain and had denied wrongdoing and said he paid all the taxes he owed.
‘I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed,’ Mourinho told reporters as he left the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon exactly 10 months ago, though a court spokesman insisted he remained under official investigation.
The Manchester United manager is not, however, expected to serve jail term as under Spanish laws, a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation, Reuters reports
Other football stars who have been investigated or found guilty of tax offences in Spain include Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.