Ex-Manchester United manage avoids jail term

Jose Mourinho will not serve any jail time despite a one-year sentence

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for evading tax while in Spain.

Spanish tax authorities claimed Mourinho owed £3m - he had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes after a 2014 inquiry, which resulted in a penalty of £1.1m.

He was fined 60 percent of the money and handed a six-month prison sentence for each of the cases, but won't have to serve time in prison as his offense is suspended due to the sentence being under two years.

Mourinho, who was sacked as the manager of English team Manchester United a few weeks ago, appeared at court in Madrid on Tuesday to sign the sentence.

Jose Mourinho has escaped a jail term after striking a deal with Spanish authorities over a multi-million pound tax fraud during his time as manager of Real Madrid.

Mourinho has been linked with a return to Real Madrid after reportedly turning down the Benfica job.

The Portuguese will have to pay around £1.75m (€2m) in fines.

The 56-year-old Portuguese coach, recently fired by Manchester United, was in charge of Real Madrid from 2010-13. The one-year-prison sentence has been substituted for a fine of €172,800.

However, it's claimed by prosecutors that some of the information presented was incorrect.

Gestifute, the agency that represents Ronaldo and Mourinho, released a statement at the time saying the coach paid "more than 26 million euros (then $30.3 million) in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 percent".

Prosecutors said he had created offshore companies to manage his image rights and hide the earnings from tax officials.

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