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Jose Mourinho has altered Manchester
United's preparations for Sunday's Premier
League clash against Chelsea with his tax
fraud case due to be heard in Madrid on
Friday, sources have told ESPN FC.
Mourinho has been summoned to answer
accusations he defrauded Spain's tax office
of €3.3 million between 2011 and 2012
while he was manager of Real Madrid.
He is due in court in Pozuelo de Alarcon in
the Spanish capital at 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 --
just 48 hours before United face Chelsea at
Stamford Bridge.
United have so far declined to comment on
whether or not they expect Mourinho to
attend the hearing.
However, he is scheduled to hold his news
conference to preview the game against
Chelsea on Thursday, rather than his usual
slot on Friday.
Sources have told ESPN FC that the players
have been informed they could be required
to train later than normal on Friday
afternoon before travelling to London on
Saturday.
Spanish prosecutors released a statement in
June accusing Mourinho of two counts of
tax fraud, claiming "corporate structures
were used by the accused in order to
conceal revenues generated from his image
rights."
Mourinho is due to give evidence at the
'Court of First Instance and Instruction No.4'
in the same building as fellow Gestifute
client Cristiano Ronaldo testified in front of
judge Monica Gomez Ferrer in his hearing
on July 31.
The 54-year-old is accused by prosecutors
at Spain's Hacienda tax authority of a €3.3m
fraud on image rights income he received
when he was Real Madrid coach in 2011
and 2012. The prosecutors argue that
companies in Ireland, New Zealand and the
British Virgin Islands were used to hide this
income from the Spanish authorities.
Mourinho denied the charges when they
were initially issued in June via a statement
from his representatives, Gestifute, which
read: "Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain
from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more
than €26 million in taxes, with an average
tax rate over 41 percent, and accepted the
regularisation proposals made by the
Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding
the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered
into a settlement agreement regarding
2013.
"The Spanish government in turn, through
the tax department, issued a certificate in
which it attested that he had regularised his
position and was in compliance with all his
tax obligations."
Mourinho is to be represented on Friday by
Jose Antonio Choclan, who is also now
representing Ronaldo, after the Portugal
captain switched from his previous advisors
Baker McKenzie following his July
appearance in court regarding an alleged
€14.7m fraud on his image rights income.
Manchester United will travel to face
Mourinho's former club Chelsea sitting
second in the Premier League table, two
places and four points above the defending
champions.
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