ManUnited Coach Mourinho Says ‘Tax Fraud Case Is Closed’, As He Pays To Settle Accusations
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said a Spanish tax fraud case relating to his time in charge of La Liga champions, Real Madrid is closed, after he paid a fee to settle accusations of the tax fraud.
The 54-year-old Portuguese appeared in court on Friday to answer charges of a €3.3 million tax fraud, which he has always denied.
After a brief hearing, he told media upon leaving the court: “I was told that my tax situation was completely legal.
“A few years later I was told that there was an investigation opened and they told me that to regularise my situation I had to pay sum X.
“I did not answer, I did not argue, I have paid and signed with the state that I am definitely in compliance and the case is closed. That is why I am here, nothing else.”
The hearing came two days before a Manchester United game against Chelsea.
Several leading footballers also recently faced tax investigations in Spain.
Argentines Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria have all been punished for tax evasion while a case against Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo continues.