The once termed ‘Special One’ can now pass as the ‘Convicted One’ if the latest reports from Spain are anything to go by.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly accepted a one-year prison sentence as part of a deal with Spanish prosecutors who accused him of a €3.3 million (£3 million) tax fraud.

The Portuguese gaffer was handed six-month jail sentences for each of two charges of financial crimes, as part of the plea bargain with prosecutors, Spanish newspaper El Mundo said today.

The former Real Madrid coach will escape spending time in prison as first-time offenders in Spain do not usually serve sentences of two years or less.

He has also agreed to a fine equivalent to 60 per cent of the amount defrauded, or €1.98 million (£1.78 million), although payments he has already made means he will only have to hand over €669,323 (£603,000) to the Spanish treasury, according to the report.

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The charges against Mourinho relate to income for image rights in 2011 and 2012 that were said to have been hidden from tax authorities by being funneled through a British Virgin Islands company, Koper Services, and Irish and Swiss companies, before ending up in the New Zealand-based Kaitaia Trust which had Mourinho’s wife and children as named beneficiaries.

It was also claimed false information was given to Spain’s tax agency during a 2015 probe, prompting prosecutors to reopen a case that had been archived after Mourinho paid a six-figure fine.

The authorities in Spain are not smiling at all and have cracked down massively on tax evasion, with United winger Alexis Sanchez accepting a 16-month prison term. Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho at Real, got a suspended two-year term and was fined nearly £17 million.

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