Manchester United Manager José Mourinho reveal that the case brought against him for alleged tax fraud to be closed after he received the case put forward by Spain’s Inland Revenue and paid the fee require to resolve levies brought against him, which he has always contradict.
Former Real Madrid Gaffer left the court in Pozuelo to the west of Madrid demanding that the only problem he had with the brief appearance was that he had been forced to change the time of training.
“I didn’t respond, I didn’t argue, I paid, I signed the papers,” he told reporters, describing the case as “definitively closed.”
Mourinho had been charged with €3.3 Million tax fraud relating to image rights settlement he collected when he was manager of Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012.
The state prosecutor had charged him of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to hide his earnings.
Some footballers in Spain have been charged with the same case, among them a number agent Jorge Mendes clients, including Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Falco, Angel María and, most notably, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet while Ronaldo decide to fight the charges of a €14.7 Million fraud, Mourinho choose to pay.
He did not disclose the amount.
In June Gestifute had provide a statement maintaining that Mourinho had agreed the “regularization plans made by the Spanish tax jurisdiction” connecting to 2011 and 2012 and that he had reached an agreement with them linking to 2013.
But the case had not been closed and Mourinho was called before a probe judge at 10am on today, arriving at the same court room where Ronaldo had appeared in the summer just after 9.30.
He leave again soon after 10am, demanding that the matter was now over.
“I left Spain in 2013 with the details and the conviction that my tax situation was perfectly legal,” Mourinho said.
“ Some years later I was told that an investigation had been opened.
I didn’t answer, I didn’t argue, I paid, I signed the papers with the state that show my compliance and that everything is definitively closed.