Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho of 3.3 mln eur tax fraud


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UPDATE 3-Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho of 3.3 mln eur tax fraud


(Updates with comment from Mourinho)
    MADRID, June 20 (Reuters) - Spanish prosecutors said on
Tuesday they had filed a claim against Manchester United manager
Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he
coached Real Madrid.
    The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3
million euros ($3.7 million), a Madrid prosecutor said in a
statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.
    Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club
Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.
    Prosecutors said he 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 1.15 million euros. But tax authorities
later found that some of the information presented in that
settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.
    Mourinho's agents at Portugal-based Gestifute said in a
statement that the coach had not received any notification
relating to the allegations from tax authorities or prosecutors.
    They added that Mourinho had already dealt with questions
raised by tax authorities in 2015, settling issues with his 2011
and 2012 filings and reaching a settlement regarding 2013.
    "The Spanish government ... through the tax department,
issued a certificate in which it attested that he had
regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax
obligations," Gestifute said.
    Known as "the Special One", Mourinho, 54, is one of the most
prominent and successful coaches in soccer today.
    In the season just ended, he won three trophies in his debut
campaign at Manchester United, although he drew criticism after
a poor league performance in which United finished sixth in the
Premier League.
    In European competition, he has led Porto to UEFA Cup
victory in 2003 and a Champions League triumph in 2004, and also
won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010. He has
claimed a haul of domestic trophies with Chelsea and other
clubs.
    The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of
tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.
    Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo has been called to
testify on July 31 in Madrid on allegations that he hid income
from tax authorities between 2011 and 2014, the court said on
Tuesday. [nL8N1JH3LL]
    Real Madrid did not respond to requests for comment on the
allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing.
        ($1 = 0.8968 euros)

 (Reporting by Raquel Castillo and Paul Day, Writing by Sarah
White; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Richard Balmforth)
 ((sarah.white1@thomsonreuters.com; + 34 91 585 2115; Reuters
Messaging: sarah.white.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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