Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’ firm has furiously renounced claims he may be involved in a tax avoidance scheme.
An investigation has been called into Mourinho’s financial affairs.Because of the claims that he moved millions of pounds overseas in order to avoid paying tax.
It is supposed the United manager’s advisers may have helped him move large amounts of money to Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands.
Another high profile name is the football star C.Ronaldo who is accused of having purportedly moved money to a “tax haven”.
A Data leak of over 18 million documents shows evidence for this, Its being investigated for the past several months by a group of European media organisations.
The two Portuguese stars are represented by the football agency Gestifute . It has denied the allegations that its clients may have taken part in a tax avoidance scheme involving large amounts of money .
In a statement
it said. – “Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities.
“Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offence.
“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.”
But MP Meg Hillier, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, pressed on tax authorities to investigate the alleged claims.
“These revelations are extraordinary and warrant a close examination by the UK tax authorities,”. she said.
An HMRC spokesman said: “HMRC carefully scrutinises the arrangements between football clubs and their employees. In respect of any image right payments to make sure the right tax is paid. In recent years we have identified more than £80m in additional tax payable from clubs, players and agents.
“We take seriously allegations that customers or their agents may have acted dishonestly in the course of an inquiry. We can reopen closed cases if we suspect this has happened.”
HMRC source said it would look for evidence to determine whether to begin an investigation.
The European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium, consisting of journalists from the big european newpapers ,said it will release further evidence in the coming weeks under the banner ‘Football Leaks’.