Angel Di Maria handed one-year suspended jail term for tax fraud

Lynette Rowe
June 24, 2017

"The Economic Crimes Section of the Madrid Prosecutor's Office has filed a complaint in the courts of Pozuelo de Alarcón against José Mourinho in which he is accused of committing two crimes against Public Treasury during the years 2011 and 2012 for a total amount of 3,304,670 euros". A prosecutor says he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit".

Mendes' agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying Mourinho had not received any official notification about the accusations against him.

The current Manchester United boss became the latest football figure embroiled in tax fraud allegations this week, following a raft of similar cases in Spain.

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.

Di Maria, 29, played for Madrid between 2010 and 2014, when he joined Manchester United.

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"The Spanish Government in turn, through the Tax Department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations".

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

Former Barca defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty of tax evasion on the Argentina international's image rights, with more than 4m euros (£3.52m) owed in back payments.

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