Mourinho Accepts 1-year in Prison in Spanish Tax case

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities to serve one year in prison in a tax evasion case. Mourinho is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.

He was accused of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal his earnings, totalling around €3.3m – of which he has been fined 60%, which equates to €1.9m (£1.78m).

The sentence also carries a six-month prison sentence for each year, and Mourinho has now reportedly accepted a compliance agreement that prevents him from going to trial and commutes his prison sentence . The prosecuting court should be informed of the deal in the coming days, while first-time offenders in Spain do not serve sentences of two years or less.

Mourinho is not the first high-profile name to be accused of tax evasion by the Spanish authorities, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also falling foul of the rules previously.

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