Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud, a Spanish court filing confirmed on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time after exchanging the sentence for a fine.
The prosecutors’ office in Madrid confirmed to ESPN FC that Mourinho appeared before a judge in a Madrid court to ratify the plea bargain agreement he had reached with the tax office.
Spanish prosecutors said the 56-year-old failed to declare revenues from image rights in Spanish tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Real Madrid, “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits.”
He still has to pay the fine of €2 million for two counts of tax fraud.
As expected, Mourinho will not serve any time in prison as sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders can be suspended in Spain.