Jose Mourinho settles tax fraud sentence in multi-million pound deal


Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud.

The former Manchester United manager was accused of owing Spanish tax authorities nearly €3.3 million (£2.9million). 

It is understood that he won't spend any time in prison, as under Spanish law, first-time offenders do not normally serve jail time for sentences of two years or less.

It is reported by the Mirror that Mourinho will also pay a fine of around £1.75 million after appearing at the Provincial Court on Tuesday to accept the sanction. 

He seemingly accepted a six-month term for each of the two tax-related crimes he was accused of, totaling a one-year suspended sentence.

The charges relate to undeclared revenue regarding his image rights in 2011 and 2012 while he was the manager of Real Madrid. 

Mourinho has previously played down charges and insisted that he left Spain with the "information and conviction his tax situation was perfectly legal". 


The decision comes after a rocky few months for Portuguese tactician. 


He was sacked by Man United in December following a poor start to the Premier League season, with a 3-1 loss to title-chasing Liverpool the final straw. 

Mourinho is yet to return to management following his dismissal by Old Trafford chiefs, while caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned around the fortunes of the Manchester club. 

The Special One has remained tight-lipped about his own future and it's unclear when he will choose to return to the hotseat, having reportedly turned down offers from a number of clubs. 

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