Mourinho fined over tax fraud in Spain but dodges jail
Prosecutors say football manager did not declare image rights income in 2011 and 2012 while he was coaching Real Madrid
Madrid — Football manager Jose Mourinho has avoided jail for tax fraud as part of a deal with Spanish prosecutors revealed on Tuesday but will pay a fine of close to €2m.
The 56-year-old Portuguese is accused of committing tax fraud in 2011 and 2012 when he coached Spanish giants Real Madrid.
According to the agreement, Mourinho accepted a one-year jail sentence immediately commuted to a fine of €182,500. He will also have to pay an additional penalty of €1.98m.
Mourinho, sacked by Manchester United in December following a string of disappointing performances, is the latest high-profile football figure to be judged over his tax affairs in Spain.
Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho, who coached Real Madrid in 2010 and 2013, of failing to declare income of €1.6m in 2011 and €1.7m in 2012. The grounds for the case, as with a series of football stars based in Spain, is how income from Mourinho’s image rights was managed and declared.
Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens, Mourinho committed fraud by not declaring the income those companies made from his image rights.