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Monday 26 February 2018

'I paid what I owed', says Mourinho after €3.3m tax settlement

Jose Mourinho yesterday
Jose Mourinho yesterday
Lionel Messi

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he has paid everything he owed to tax authorities in Spain from the time he coached Real Madrid after he appeared in court in the Spanish capital.

The Manchester United manager spoke out after a brief appearance yesterday in front of a judge to answer questions regarding accusations of tax fraud.

Mourinho is accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the country's tax authorities out of €3.3m in unpaid taxes between 2011 and 2012.

"I was informed that an investigation was opened, and they told me that in order to regularise my situation, I had to pay a certain amount of money," the Portuguese manager said as he left the courthouse.

"I did not complain or appeal and I paid and I signed an agreement and a compliance act with the state, saying that everything was closed.

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"For this reason, I was here only for five minutes to say the same things I am telling you."

The money involves revenues from image rights, not salary paid by Real Madrid.

The 54-year-old was in charge of the club from 2010 to 2013.

After the tax fraud accusations were announced in June, the agency that represents Mourinho, Gestifute, released a statement.

It claimed that he had paid "more than €26m in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41pc".

The company also insisted that Mourinho "accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013".

The agency said that the tax authorities issued a certificate in which it attested that Mourinho was in compliance with all of his tax obligations.

It published copies of the certificates.

Mourinho is only the latest football figure targeted by tax authorities in Spain.

Last year, Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of €4.1m from income made from the Barcelona superstar player's image rights.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao are among other senior La Liga players investigated.

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