Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has reportedly accepted a suspended one-year prison sentence after evading £2.9 million in tax while he was in Spain.
The Portuguese coach has remained under investigation by Spain’s Inland Revenue, despite closing the case it brought against him in November 2017.
“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,” Mourinho told reporters as he left the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon ten months ago.
Metro Sport reports that a court spokesman insisted that the former Real Madrid coach was still under official investigation.
Talks were said to have continued between Mourinho’s lawyers and Spanish tax authorities since then. Local newspaper, El Mundo, have published the final details of the agreement.
According to El Mundo, Mourinho will accept in writing that he hid his image rights income between 2011 and 2012 from the treasury, when he was managing Real Madrid.
The 56-year-old was accused of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand, to conceal his earnings, totaling around €3.3 million. The Spanish authorities later imposed a 60 percent fine on the amount, which equates to £1.78 million.
However, it also carries a six-month prison sentence for each year, which Mourinho has finally accepted a compliance agreement that prevents him from going to trial and eventual prison sentence.
According to the report, first-time offenders do not serve sentences of two years or less, and the court will be informed of the deal in the coming days.
Recently, Spanish authorities have cracked down heavily on footballers, who evaded tax.
Manchester United winger, Alexis Sanchez accepted a 16-month prison sentence just a few months ago, while Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho at Madrid, was fined £17 million after accepting a suspended two-year prison sentence.
Lionel Messi and former Barcelona teammate, Javier Mascherano have also been found guilty of evading tax.