Friday, 24 November, 2017

Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

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Vera Richards | 25 June, 2017, 02:09

A court in Madrid is understood to be dealing with the claim. "I don't have any solution, but Cristiano, like everyone else, has a contract and is a Real Madrid player", Perez told radio station Onda Cero after earning a third consecutive mandate at Real. He is now the coach of the British club Manchester United.

The cases are about the profits made from image rights, not salaries from their clubs.

The Sun also reports that United are anxious he is just using them to get Madrid to give him a new and improved contract.

However, Mourinho has now hit back at those claims.

"Jose Mourinho has not received any type of communications related to this".

"The Spanish government in turn, through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations".

The hearing will also take place at Pozuelo de Alarcon, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports. Earlier in June, the prosecutor's office in Madrid alleged that Cristiano Ronaldo had evaded tax of €14.7m (£13m, $16m) from 2011 to 2014.

United manager Jose Mourinho and Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo deny charges.

Ronaldo reportedly has considered moving out of the country and playing somewhere else due to accusations against him.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around €2 million to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

They are also accusing him of "voluntarily" refusing to include €28.4 million in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company. A judge will then decide if there are grounds to charge him with a crime.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine previous year for tax fraud.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years. Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.

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