Monday 19 August 2019

'I paid all that I owed in tax,' says Mourinho after Spanish court hearing

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: AP
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: AP

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

The Manchester United manager made his comments after a brief appearance before a Spanish judge to answer questions regarding accusations of tax fraud.

Mr Mourinho is being accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the country's tax authorities of €3.3m in unpaid taxes in 2011 and 2012.

He said he left the country in 2013 with the "information and the conviction" that he was up to date with his tax obligations, but two years later he was told that authorities were still looking into irregularities.

"I was informed that an investigation was opened and they told me that in order to regularise my situation I had to pay a certain amount of money," Mr Mourinho said as he left a courthouse on the outskirts of Madrid.

The investigation remains open, and it will be up to the judge to decide whether Mr Mourinho will stand trial.

Irish Independent

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