Jose Mourinho ‘agrees £700,000 out-of-court settlement to end tax fraud case’

Jose Mourinho ‘agrees £700,000 out-of-court settlement to end tax fraud case’

- Jose Mourinho has reportedly reached an out-of-court agreement with Spanish state prosecutors after he was accused him of a £2.9m tax fraud

- The persecution agreed that the deal has been seal and would be formalised in the next few weeks

- Though before recent development, Mourinho has played down any suggestion of wrongdoing after a brief behind-closed-doors hearing at Pozuelo de Alarcon Court of Investigation

Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho has reportedly reached an out-of-court agreement with Spanish state prosecutors who had previously accused him of a £2.9m tax fraud.

Spanish media El Mundo reports that the former Real Madrid boss has admitted two charges of tax fraud and agreed to pay a £703,000 fine.

It quoted prosecution sources as saying the agreement had been “sealed” and would be formalized in the next few weeks.

As at the time of filling this report Jorge Mendes' company Gestifute, which represents Mourinho, declined to comment. A spokeswoman said: "No comment will be made."

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Mourinho tried to end the speculation about his tax case as he declared it as “case closed” after he appeared before an investigating judge in Madrid last November and he had paid all his taxes - but court officials confirmed afterwards he was still being probed.

There was no immediate official comment early this morning from prosecutors, who are now expected to withdraw their complaint against Mourinho, or court officials.

Prosecutors alleged Mourinho owed the Spanish state almost £2.9m in undeclared revenue relating to image rights in 2011 and 2012.

The allegations involved claims false information was given to Spain’s Tax Agency during a 2015 probe, prompting prosecutors to reopen a case that had been archived after Mourinho paid a six-figure fine.

Mourinho played down any suggestion of wrongdoing after a brief behind-closed-doors hearing at Pozuelo de Alarcon Court of Investigation number four where an investigating judge has led the criminal probe against him.

He insisted he had left Spain four years earlier with the “information and conviction his tax situation was perfectly legal” and regularised his situation a couple of years later after he was told to pay more cash following a tax probe.

He told reporters: “I answered, I didn’t contest it, I paid and I signed an official agreement with the state under which everything was definitively closed.

“That’s why I’ve been here five minutes today to say to the judge exactly what I’m telling you.”

His claims led to inaccurate reports at the time he had resolved his tax problems.

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A court source confirmed last November after the hearing the criminal investigation would continue, revealing Mourinho had only answered the questions of his lawyer during his court quiz and not those of the other lawyers present including the state prosecutor.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Spanish authorities have officially accused Jose Mourinho of tax fraud during his time at Real Madrid between 2011 and 2012.

According to reports, the Portuguese tactician committed two offences in 2011 and 2012, totaling to around €3.3m (about £2.91m).

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