Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been summoned by a Spanish court for questioning over tax offences. The Potruguese is accused of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £2.9m during his time with the club.
The current Manchester United manager has been asked to appear in the court on November 3 to give his statement — just two days before Red Devils’ clash with Chelsea in a Premier League encounter.
The Spanish authorities had opened a case against Mourinho in June for alleged tax fraud. However, his agent had denied the allegations at that time in a statement, which said he had paid nearly €23million in taxes during his stint with Real Madrid in Spain, at an average tax rate of more than 41 per cent.
Several sports figures are facing the heat as Spanish authorities have launched a wider crackdown against tax fraud. Argentine stars Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi have all been convicted of tax evasion in recent years. Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is also ensued in a legal battle over tax fraud charges.
Meanwhile, his agency Gestifute has denied receiving any summon for appearing in the court.
“Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today. 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,” it said in a statement.
The Red Devils are currently placed at second position in the Premier League standings with five wins and one draw. They will be taking on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, who are currently languishing at the last position in the table.