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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has denied reports that he was involved in a £100m tax fraud scheme involving offshore companies.
As noted by The Sun, the accusation comes from a French newspaper, in which Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao are all accused of using companies in Ireland, Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands to avoid tax.
Mediapart, claim that their information originates from Football Leaks, and that the trio, who are all incidentally represented by agent Jorge Mendes, had been guilty of using the schemes.
However, their allegations have been met with a swift counter-claim that neither Ronaldo nor Mourinho have ever had any issues with their tax dealings and that their claims are founded on false information.
With the threat that the documents will be published in the coming weeks, it remains to be seen whether or not that is the case, but ultimately at this stage it’s certainly an unwanted distraction for those involved in the matter.
“In this regard, Gestifute publicly states that: Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities,” Gestifute, the agency run by Mendes that represents those in question said in a statement, as noted by The Sun.
“Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offense.”
Football Leaks have been at the centre of various controversies in recent times after getting access to sensitive information including on player contracts. However, time will tell as to whether or not there is any substance to the latest claims against Ronaldo, Mourinho and Falcao.