Mourinho still under scrutiny for alleged tax fraud
I didn’t reply, I didn’t argue, I paid, I signed the papers
José Mourinho remains under investigation for alleged tax fraud despite declaring the case brought against him to be closed after he said he had accepted the arguments put forward by Spain’s Inland Revenue and paid the fee demanded to settle charges brought against him, which he has always denied.
The Manchester United manager left the court in Pozuelo to the west of Madrid insisting that the only problem he had with the brief appearance was that he had been forced to reschedule training. “I didn’t reply, I didn’t argue, I paid, I signed the papers,” he told reporters. He described the case as “definitively closed” but this was not confirmed by the court.
A court spokesman told AFP that Mourinho remained under official investigation and added the Portuguese had answered questions only from his lawyer and did not take questions from public prosecutors during his court appearance.
Mourinho had been accused of ¤3.3m tax fraud relating to image rights payments he received when he was manager of Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012. The state prosecutor had accused him of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal his earnings.
Similar cases have been brought against footballers in Spain, among them a number of clients of the agent Jorge Mendes, including Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Radamel Falcao, Ángel Di María and, most notably, Cristiano Ronaldo. Yet while Ronaldo is determined to fight the charges of a ¤14.7m fraud, Mourinho opted to pay. He did not reveal the amount.
In June Gestifute had issued a statement insisting that Mourinho had accepted the “regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities” relating to 2011 and 2012 and that he had reached an agreement with them relating to 2013.
But the case had not been closed and Mourinho was called before an investigating judge at 10am yesterday, arriving at the same court room where Ronaldo had appeared in the summer just after 9.30. He departed again soon after 10am, insisting that the matter was now over.