Mourinho says Spanish tax fraud case is closed

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
has said a Spanish tax fraud case relating to
his time in charge of Real Madrid is closed.
He emerged after a brief hearing at a court
in the Spanish capital Madrid to say he had
paid a fee to settle accusations.
He had been accused of owing nearly €3.3m
(£2.9m, $3.8m) in undeclared image rights
The hearing came two days before a
Manchester United game against Chelsea.
Why are Spanish football stars in legal
The Spanish authorities began the image
rights case against Mr Mourinho in June.
"I left Spain in 2013 with the information
and the conviction that my tax situation was
perfectly legal," Mr Mourinho said after
Friday's hearing.
"A couple of years later I was informed that
an investigation had been opened and I was
told that in order to regularise my situation I
had to pay X amount of money.
"I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and
signed with the state that I am in
compliance and the case is closed."
Mr Mourinho's representatives, Gestifute
Media, said earlier that he had paid more
than €26m in tax at an average rate of more
than 41% while living in Spain from June
2010 until May 2013.
In 2015, Gestifute said, he accepted a
settlement agreement regarding previous
Several leading footballers also recently
faced tax investigations in Spain.
Argentines Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano
and Angel Di Maria have all been punished
for tax evasion while a case against Real
Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo continues. He
denies wrongdoing.
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