Man United boss Mourinho sentenced to one year jail term for tax fraud

Man United boss Mourinho sentenced to one year jail term for tax fraud

- Spanish authorities have sentenced Man United boss Jose Mourinho to one year jail term

- He has accepted the decision but will not be serving jail term because he is a first offender

- The former Real Madrid boss was said to have defrauded the country of over £2.9M tax during his reign at Los Blancos

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been found guilty of evading tax during his time managing Spanish League giants Real Madrid.

The Portuguese tactician spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu and won three titles for Los Blancos during his reign at the club, but failed to remit £2.9 million to the Spanish authorities.

According to the Sun citing newspaper El Mundo, Mourinho has accepted wrongdoing and has been sentenced to a one year jail term.

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However, the Red Devils' boss will not be serving time behind bars because first offenders in Spain do not serve jail terms for offences of two years or less.

Mourinho's sentence will almost certainly be suspended to a later date, with the investigating court informed.

Meanwhile, the manager has agreed to pay a fine of £1.78m, or 60 per cent of the money he defrauded.

Prosecutors allege Mourinho owed the Spanish authorities £2.9million owing to unpaid image rights in 2011 and 2012, while he was still Real Madrid manager.

And when Mourinho was summoned by the Spanish authorities, he played down any suggestion of wrongdoing in a brief hearing at court last November.

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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 at the time: "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."

NAIJ.com previously reported that Spanish authorities have 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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