Publicado: Lun, Noviembre 06, 2017
Deporte | By Armando Espinosa

Mourinho settles tax case in Spain

Mourinho settles tax case in Spain

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.

"A couple of years later I was informed that an investigation had been opened and I was told that in order to regularise my situation I had to pay X amount of money", he stated.

"I did not answer back, I did not discuss, I paid and signed with the state the conformity minutes that testify that everything was already closed".

One of the claims is that the Spanish taxman was supplied with fictitious expenses to make it appear an offshore shell company Mourinho benefitted from was functioning as an active firm.

The court time appeared to affect Manchester United's preparations for their match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but Jose Mourinho was quick to dismiss suggestions that it did. "That is why I am here, nothing else".

Mourinho is being accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the country's tax authorities of 3.3 million euros ($3.8 million) in unpaid taxes in 2011 and 2012.

- The case is closed after Mourinho made a final settlement.

After a brief hearing, he told media upon leaving the court: "I was told that my tax situation was completely legal".

Mourinho previously insisted that he has fully complied with all Spain's tax laws and denies any wrongdoing, something he reiterated after this morning's appearance before a judge.

In June, the 54-year-old released a statement through his agent in which he said he had settled the matter with Spain's tax authorities.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and his Father Jorge Messi were sentenced last July sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for tax invasion.

"I did not answer, I did not argue".

Other clients at Mendes' Gestifute agency including Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and Angel Di Maria have also had image rights issues with the Spanish tax authorities.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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