Jose Mourinho. Picture: REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Jose Mourinho. Picture: REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Madrid — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence as part of a deal to settle a Spanish tax evasion case, El Mundo newspaper reported on Tuesday, although he is unlikely to actually serve any jail time.

Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation. Manchester United and the Spanish tax agency both declined to comment.

Spanish prosecutors filed a claim against Mourinho in 2017 on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he coached Real Madrid.

Spanish tax authorities had said he owed €3.3m. Prosecutors said the Portuguese had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes after a 2014 inquiry, which resulted in a penalty of €1.15m. But tax authorities later found some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

The Mourinho settlement comes amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.

In June, former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo reached a similar deal with the Spanish tax authorities to serve two years in prison and pay a €18.8m fine in a tax evasion case.