Mourinho fined for tax fraud in Spain instead of jail time

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Mourinho will not have to serve time after admitting he defrauded Spain authorities in 2011 and 2012.

According to Spanish outlet El Pais, Mourinho attended the Provincial Court on Tuesday to accept his punishment.

The Portuguese coach will also have to pay an additional penalty of 1.98 million euros ($2.3 million). He had already paid part of what he owed past year.

The Portuguese national was accused of owing Spanish tax authorities almost €3.3m (£2.9m).

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He was playing for Real Madrid at the time of the offence between 2010 and 2014 - the same team Mr Mourinho was managing at the time of his own tax violation.

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In addition to the suspended sentence, he will pay a reported €2m (R30.5m) in fines.

Mourinho has been without a club since December when United fired him for poor results.

Mourinho had appeared before a judge in 2017 and denied any wrongdoing, saying he had paid everything he owed to Spanish tax authorities from the time he coached Real Madrid.

Under Spanish law, jail terms under two years can be served under probation.

A number of prominent figures in world soccer, including former Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, his ex-teammate Marcelo and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, have been punished for tax offenses in the last two years.

Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens.

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