Manchester united manager, Jose Mourinho has reached a settlement plea with Spanish authorities in a long-running tax evasion case for a suspended one-year sentence.

The deal is for him to avoid jail term in the country and pay a fine of about €2m, according to the BBC report.

Under Spanish law, sentences lower than two years for first time offenders can be served on probation; the 55-year-old is not expected to serve time behind bars.

Spanish tax authorities accused Mourinho of under-declaring image rights revenue from 2011-2012, owing nearly €3.3m, during the period he was Real Madrid manager; they launched the investigation in June, last year.

Mourinho and representatives, Gestifute Media, denied the accusation, stating that he paid €26m in tax at the rate of 41% during his stay in Spain from 2010 to 2013.

The Portuguese national is the third high profile football personality to be indicted in a crackdown by Spanish authorities on tax evasion since 2017.

This June, Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to settlement of €18.8m for a suspended jail term.

Lionel Messi, in July 2017, averted a 21-month jail sentence by agreeing to pay €252,000

 

 

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