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Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain - but has avoided jail after exchanging the sentence for a fine.

However, the former Manchester United manager will not set foot in a prison cell, as it is a first time, non-violent offence and the sentence is smaller than two years.

Mourinho, who was sacked as the manager of English team Manchester United a few weeks ago, appeared at court in Madrid on Tuesday to sign the sentence.

Mourinho still has to pay almost 2 million euros ($2.2 million) to tax authorities as part of the deal. In addition, he must pay a penalty of about €1.98 million (£1.74 million).

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Mourinho has previously denied owing money to the Spanish state.

Mourinho has been out of work since he was removed from his role at United in December after two-and-a-half years at the helm.

In addition to the suspended sentence, he will pay a reported €2m (R30.5m) in fines.

Mourinho failed to declare revenue from image rights from 2011 and 2012 during his time at Real Madrid.

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Marcelo Vieira, who still plays for the club, accepted a four-month suspended jail sentence last September over his use of foreign firms to handle nearly half a million euros in earnings.

Several other soccer figures have been subjected to investigations from tax authorities in Spain in recent years, including Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Fabio Coentrao and Xabi Alonso.

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

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