Soc­cer boss grilled in Spain over tax fraud al­le­ga­tions

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

MANCHESTER United man­ager Jose Mour­inho was grilled by a judge in Spain yesterday over ac­cu­sa­tions of a €3.3mil­lion (about R54-mil­lion) tax fraud dur­ing his time in charge of Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012.

Af­ter leav­ing the brief closed-door hear­ing, the 54-year-old told re­porters he had paid every­thing he owed to the Span­ish tax of­fice.

“I left Spain in 2013 with the con­vic­tion that my fis­cal sit­u­a­tion was per­fectly le­gal,” he said out­side the court in Pozuelo de Alar­con, an up­scale Madrid sub­urb where he used to live.

“Two years later I was told that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been opened and that to reg­u­larise my sit­u­a­tion I had to pay a cer­tain amount. I did not de­bate it, did not ap­peal it, I paid and I signed an agree­ment of com­pli­ance with the state.

“Every­thing was set­tled. This is why I was here for just five min­utes to say the same things I am telling you. I have noth­ing more to say.”

His court ap­pear­ance came just over 48 hours be­fore he is set to re­turn to Stam­ford Bridge to face old side Chelsea to­mor­row.

The Por­tuguese coach is the lat­est high-pro­file foot­ball fig­ure to be ques­tioned over his tax af­fairs in Spain.

Span­ish pros­e­cu­tors ac­cuse Mour­inho, who coached Madrid from 2010 to 2013, of fail­ing to de­clare in­come of ß1.6- mil­lion in 2011 and ß1.7- mil­lion in 2012.

The ba­sis for the case is how in­come from Mour­inho’s im­age rights was man­aged and de­clared.

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