Jose Mourinho says Spanish tax fraud case is closed

Reuters  Jason Cairnduff

Reuters Jason Cairnduff

During his appearing before Madrid's Pozuelo de Alarcon court, Mourinho responded only to his attorney's questions, officials told Efe.

After appearing in court on Friday, Jose Mourinho said he has paid everything he owed to Spanish tax authorities from the time he coached Real Madrid.

Mourinho gave no comment on his way into the court as he made his way past a pack of reporters and cameras outside the main entrance.

'I did not complain (or) appeal and I paid and I signed an agreement and a compliance act with the state, saying that everything was closed.

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In June, Spanish prosecutors released a statement accusing the gaffer of two counts of tax fraud, insisting that corporate structures were used by the accused in order to hide revenues generated from his image rights.

Mourinho is accused by the prosecutors at Spain's Hacienda tax authority of a €3.3m fraud on image rights income he received when he was the Real Madrid coach in 2011 and 2012.

In July, fellow Portuguese sporting legend Cristiano Ronaldo sat before a Madrid court facing up to three and a half years in jail for evading €14.7m in taxes since 2010.

Mourinho arrived alone at the court and after the hearing said that when he had left Spain in 2013 he had been certain that his tax situation was legal, reports Efe.

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"For this reason I was here only five minutes to say the same things I am telling you".

The agency added that tax authorities issued a certificate which attested Mourinho was in compliance with all of his tax obligations.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao are among other players investigated by Spanish tax authorities.

Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007 to 2009.

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