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Mourinho settles tax case in Spain

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Nov 2017

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he has paid to settle accusations of tax fraud in Spain.

The 54-year-old attended court in Pozuelo de Alcarcon on Friday to answer charges of tax fraud totalling €3.3million, which he has always denied.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Mourinho said “the case is closed” and that he only attended to settle the matter.

“I was told that my tax situation was completely legal,” he said, as quoted by ESPN.

“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.”

Mourinho was summoned at the end of September over allegations he defrauded Spanish tax authorities of €3.3m between 2011 and 2012, while he was head coach of Real Madrid.

When the charges were announced in June, Mourinho’s representatives issued a statement denying he had been contacted by prosecutors and insisting his taxes had been paid in full.

United were forced to rearrange their pre-game media duties ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea due to the hearings but Mourinho insisted it was not a distraction.

“It’s just a change of normal training time because I want to be there and I can’t be there in the morning so I have to change the timings,” he said on Thursday.

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