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Mourinho Dragged to Court Over $3.8m Tax Evasion Charges

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been summoned to appear before a Spanish court over tax evasion charges.

Mourinho has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of $3.8m during his time in charge of Real Madrid. He is scheduled to be in the dock on November 3 – just two days before United’s Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The 55-year-old is alleged to have defrauded $1.8m in 2011 and other $2m in 2012 by failing to declare his image rights “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”, according to a statement by the prosecutor, Sun writes.

Mourinho, who left the Bernabeu back in the summer of 2013, already settled a previous claim that was made against him in 2014 to the tune of just over a million pounds.

However, the authorities discovered later that some of the information presented in the settlement was incorrect, leading to a rescheduling of the case.

Meanwhile, Mou had denied the charges, saying all his taxes had been paid in full during his time in the Spanish capital.

“Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today,” his reps wrote.

“To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process.

“Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than €26m in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 per cent, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years 2011 and 2012 and entering into a settlement agreement regarding 2013.”

The trial may affect United’s preparation for the Chelsea tie as Mou will be looking to avoid a similar fate to last season where he and the Red Devils were annihilated on his Stamford Bridge return.

Emmanuel Offor

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