Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

A Spanish prosecutor has filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over alleged tax fraud.

"He's under contract, so if they decide to let him go because he wants to leave or because of the situation that he's in in the courts or whatever it is, we'll see".

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

But Ferdinand, speaking as a fan, has encouraged the 54-year-old to make a move for the 32-year-old this summer.

Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain.

Di Maria, 29, played for Madrid between 2010 and 2014, when he joined Manchester United.

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty of tax evasion on the Argentina international's image rights, with more than €4m owed in back payments.




The official added that the authorities had also presented a claim to a local court.

The prosecutor said Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to cheat on his taxes.

The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010-13, now manages Manchester United in England. Ronaldo via his representatives last week denied any wrongdoing.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

In 2016, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano received a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud while Barca superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar are both now awaiting court decisions.

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