Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain – but has avoided jail after exchanging the sentence for a fine.
Spanish prosecutors said the former Manchester United manager failed to declare revenues from image rights in Spanish tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Real Madrid, “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”.
The news caps a miserable 24 hours for Mourinho who took a tumble at an ice hockey game in Russia on Monday
The claim was filed against Mourinho last year on two counts of tax fraud committed before the Portuguese left the Bernabeu in 2013 to return to Chelsea for a second spell as their manager.
Spanish tax authorities claimed Mourinho owed £3m – he had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes after a 2014 inquiry, which resulted in a penalty of £1.1m.
However, tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.
The Mourinho settlement comes amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.
In June, former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo reached a similar deal with the Spanish tax authorities to serve two years in prison and pay a 18.8 million euro fine in a tax evasion case.