Jose Mourinho Accepts One-Year Jail Term In Tax Fraud

Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year jail in his tax fraud case with the Spanish state, and has been ordered to pay a €2m (£1.75m) fine.

The 56-year-old was accused of owing €3.3m to Spanish tax authorities from his time managing Real Madrid in 2011-2012.

He will not serve any time in prison as his sanction is suspended due to the sentence being under two years.

Prosecutors said he had created offshore companies to manage his image rights and hide the earnings from tax officials.

Image rights cover the use of a person’s likeness, voice, signature and mannerisms – and can be very lucrative for footballers and managers.

He is the latest high-profile football personality to strike a deal with Spanish authorities, which are pursuing a crackdown on tax evasion or fraud by the country’s many resident star players.

In January, Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a fine of €18.8m and a suspended 23-month jail sentence, in a case which was also centred around tax owed on image rights.

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