Jose Mourinho pays £1.9m fine but escapes jail term over Spanish tax fraud

Jose Mourinho pays £1.9m fine but escapes jail term over Spanish tax fraud

Jose Mourinho has escaped a jail term after striking a deal with Spanish authorities over a multi-million pound tax fraud during his time as manager of Real Madrid.

The former Manchester United boss must now pay almost £1.9million to authorities after a court agreed to exchange a one-year prison sentence in return for a fine of €182,500 (£160,160).

Mourinho appeared before a judge in the Spanish capital to confirm the plea agreement he had reached with prosecutors. He was already facing a separate fine of €2m (£1.7 million) after admitting he defrauded Spanish authorities in 2011 and 2012.

The 56-year-old was initially accused of evading taxes to the tune of €3.3 million (£2.8 million). The money involved revenues from image rights, not salary paid by Real Madrid.

Spanish prosecutors said Mourinho had set up multiple business entities in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere to manage his image rights.

They argued that was designed to obscure his financial gain from such deals – and he left it undeclared in his tax statements after he moved to Spain.

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