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Jose Mourinho Gets One Year Jail Term For Tax Evasion In Spain
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Jose Mourinho Gets One Year Jail Term For Tax Evasion In Spain

Jose Mourinho Gets One Year Jail Term For Tax Evasion In Spain

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Portuguese football coach, Jose Mourinho, has accepted a fine of €2.2 million and a 12-month prison sentence following the admission of tax fraud during his time in Madrid.

The 56-year-old would, however, not serve time in jail, as Spanish law allows a judge to suspend jail time for first-time offenders with two years sentence or below.

Mourinho was accused of evading around €3.3m in taxes on image rights when he was Real Madrid manager between 2010 to 2013.

Jose Mourinho Gets One Year Jail Term For Tax Evasion In Spain

In 2016, through his representatives, Gestifute released a statement that affirmed he was "fully compliant with tax obligations" after accusations of tax evasion first appeared via the whistle blowing platform 'Football Leaks'.

A deal was eventually struck with Spanish prosecutors last year and signed off on at a court on Tuesday.

Speaking outside the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon to reporters in November 2017, he said: "I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed."

Cristiano Ronaldo, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, and Angel Di Maria have all faced similar accusations by Spanish authorities.