Man Utd boss Mourinho accused of Spanish tax fraud

Several publications are this afternoon reporting that the Manchester United manager will be prosecuted in Spain for tax fraud committed during his time in charge of Real Madrid.The case will now go before a judge for a decision whether it will be brought to trial.Mourinho (54) coached Madrid from 2010-13.’The Spanish Government in turn, through the Tax Department, issued a certificate in which it attested he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all tax obligations’.Spanish tax authorities believe Mourinho used an image rights company based in the British Virgin Islands, part of a chain of companies, including two in Ireland linked to Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes. Mourinho was accused by a state prosecutor of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of $3.7 million.The news also “comes immediately after it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will testify in his own tax fraud case next month”, adds the paper.Why are Spanish football stars in legal trouble?Mourinho is accused of using a corporate structure to hide image rights earnings from the taxman in 2011 and 2012. The star is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.Ronaldo and Mourinho are not the first soccer celebrities to be accused of tax fraud.The four-time world player of the year, who said last week his “conscience is clear”, is threatening to leave Real Madrid over the affair.The pact with Di Maria closes without Mendes has been splashed, unlike the case of Radamel Falcao, which has been called to declare as investigated.The 29-year-old is one of a number of high-profile figures within football to be targeted by Spanish authorities in recent months, relating to their time working in the country.Sentences of under two years are suspended in Spain providing the convicted has no criminal record.Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has been given a one-year prison sentence and fined 2 million euros (£1.76million) after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud at Real Madrid in Spain.