Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence to settle a case of tax fraud with the Spanish Treasury, the daily El Mundo said Tuesday.
However, Mourinho is unlikely to enter prison under Spanish law, where a sentence of fewer than two years does not carry a prison sentence if it is the first offense committed.
Mourinho’s representatives were not immediately available to comment. The Spanish tax office was not immediately available to comment.
According to the newspaper, which said it had agreed to the details of the agreement, the technician also agreed to have committed two tax fraud offenses for 3.3 million euros.
The Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid filed a complaint against the former Real Madrid coach last year for an alleged fraud to the Treasury of 3.3 million euros.
The prosecutor accused the coach of two crimes against the Treasury in relation to Personal Income Tax (IRPF) committed during 2011 and 2012 when he was still a Real Madrid technician.
Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to head England’s Chelsea club for the second time before signing for United in 2016.
The agreement follows a long list of cases involving football stars in Spain.
Former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, now a Juventus player, reached a similar agreement with the Spanish authorities, agreeing to pay 18.8 million euros to the Treasury and a two-year prison sentence.