Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Kristopher Nichols
June 22, 2017

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

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Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes.

Ronaldo, 32, has denied the charges and is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

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He is allegedly said to owe Spanish authorities €14.7 million for unpaid taxes, also on image right, between 2011 and 2014.

It's unclear yet what a prosecution would mean for Mourinho.

The Portugal worldwide had knowingly used a "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights.

A judge will decide whether there are grounds to take the matter to court.

Lionel Messi was past year convicted of defrauding the Spanish state in unpaid taxes on image rights.

Messi is unlikely to serve any time in prison as, under Spanish law, sentences of less than two years are usually suspended.

Neymar, his father, and Javier Mascherano have also had their troubles with tax over the last couple of years.

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