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Yolanda Curtis
June 21, 2017

They said that Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15m euros in 2014.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is the latest victim to join the list of accused footballers in tax fraud cases in Spain.

The Premier League boss is one of many Jose Mendes clients that have been implicated in tax fraud claims uncovered by Football Leaks previous year, with the list including Cristiano Ronaldo as well.

Ronaldo was last week accused of evading 14.7 million euros through offshore companies and will appear before a judge on July 31.

Mourinho has reportedly defrauded Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012, prosecutors say.

The statement also said that Mourinho had received a certificate from the authorities confirming that he was "up to date with all his tax obligations".

Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

Other clients of Mendes who have ended up in Spain include the Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao - on the verge of joining Sporting Lisbon on loan from Real Madrid - and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, now with Monaco but formerly at Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United past year.

Allegations of tax evasion have become something of an epidemic in Spanish football.

Last year, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from income made from image rights.

The 32-year-old is upset at accusations from the Spanish authorities that he held £13million of earnings from image rights in the British Virgin Islands and the Republic of Ireland in order to avoid paying tax. They have been given a jail term of 21 months, although it is highly unlikely that the Argentina captain will serve any time behind bars, according to to Spanish law.

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