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Mourinho ‘sentenced’ for tax evasion

05 September 2018

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been given a one-year jail sentence for tax evasion. Mourinho was found by Spanish authorities to be guilty of using shell companies in offshore territories to conceal image rights earnings from tax authorities. He funnelled money through Koper Services SA, located in the British Virgin Islands, in 2011 and 2012 and attempted to declare these as offshore earnings from a functioning company.

He won’t be spending time in prison, however, as Spanish law allows first-time offenders to serve sentences of under two years on probation. This wouldn’t be the first time a footballer has been accused of tax evasion. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were involved in similar cases, and also avoided time in prison.

Mourinho was given a fine of nearly €2 million - equivalent to 60% of the amount defrauded, which totalled to €3.3 million.

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