Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations levelled against him

Posted June 26, 2017

Mourinho, now the Manchester United manager, led Inter to a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2009-10 before assuming control at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Mourinho's representative organization denied the allegations.

- Reuters picThe British media has reported the Portuguese striker could be on his way out of Real Madrid after being accused of defrauding the tax authorities of €14.7 million (RM70.2 million) and Manchester United would be in the queue to sign him again.

The 32-year-old would make this payment as a gesture of good will.

In a document reviewed by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Di Maria's lawyer accepted the two counts, which relate to fraud committed in 2012 and 2013.

In doing so, he shielded 636,000 euros from the Spanish taxman in 2012 and 662,000 in 2013, Spanish authorities said. This is similar to deals struck with the Spanish taxman by fellow Argentinians Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi a year ago.

Perez also declared that the situation will be fully dealt with once Ronaldo returns from the Confederations Cup, while recent rumours claim that Ronaldo is now more settled following Perez's public backing.

This year he won the Champions League and domestic league titles with Real.

The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving football stars in Spain. The prosecutor recommends a sentence of 16 months and a fine of almost €800,000 ($890,000).

Spanish prosecutor says Ronaldo used a business structure to hide his image rights income.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain for tax evasion in January 2016 while teammate Lionel Messi received a 21-month jail term last summer after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud.