Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has responded to allegations that he has been evading tax, along with agent Jorge Mendes.
These claims were made by a group of 12 European newspapers, collectively called the European Investigations Collaborative (EIC). The newspapers include Spain’s El Mundo, Germany’s Der Spiegel, and Britain’s The Sunday Times.
According to their report, published in the Sunday Times, Mourinho was accused of moving €12 million (£10 million) to an account in the British Virgin Islands. His team “fabricated more than £1 million in costs run up by a British Virgin Islands shell company with no employees,” according to the report.
“I have lodged the documents in Italy, Spain and England,” Mourinho said after United’s 1-1 draw with Everton. “I have nothing to hide. They prove that I have done nothing wrong.”
These misdeeds were said to have happened between 2010 and 2013, when Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid. Two of Real Madrid’s players at the time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil, were also implicated in the report.
According to the reports, 4-time Ballon D’Or winner Ronaldo had diverted at least €150 million in earnings through the British Virgin Islands since 2009.
Jorges Mendes’ company Gestifute, which represents the self acclaimed Special One and Ronaldo, also issued a statement on the developments. The statement read:
“Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities.
“Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted.”