Ex-Manchester United manage avoids jail term

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Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud.

Mourinho still has to pay almost 2 million euros ($2.2 million) to tax authorities as part of the deal.

It is understood that he won't spend any time in prison, as under Spanish law, first-time offenders do not normally serve jail time for sentences of two years or less.

Mourinho acknowledged the offences before the court in Madrid in a hearing which lasted just a few minutes.

Mourinho, who pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, has been fined €2 million.

According to the Sun citing newspaper El Mundo, Mourinho has accepted wrongdoing and has been sentenced to a one year jail term.

Mr Mourinho's move to Manchester United in 2016 was even delayed after it emerged his previous team Chelsea owned the trademark to his name.

The Mourinho settlement comes amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.

While appearing on beIN Sport, the 56-year-old suggested March would be the time he steps up a return to being a No 1 but for now he appears content enjoying some time away from the spotlight.

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

He was accused of having avoided paying millions in taxes due on his image rights between 2011 and 2014. The Portugal forward received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay almost 19 million euros (US$21.7 million) to Spanish authorities.

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