Mourinho refutes tax fraud claims

Jose Mourinho has protested his innocence following accusations of tax fraud and said he has not yet received any information from Spanish tax authorities.

The Manchester United manager made the claims on Tuesday shortly after a Madrid prosecutor accused the Portuguese of two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, during his time as manager of Real Madrid.

A statement said Mourinho owes the Spanish tax authorities £2.9m.

Replying to the allegations through his advisers, Mourinho said he paid more than £23m tax during his time in Spain.

"Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today," read the statement.

"To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process."

Mourinho’s representatives also published a document they claim is proof that Spanish tax authorities issued a statement telling their client that he had paid his taxes in full.

"Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than 26m euros in taxes with an average rate over 41 percent and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013," the statement read.

"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."

The allegations against the former Real Madrid coach come a week after similar allegations were made against Cristiano Ronaldo.

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