Jose Mourinho, like all the other tax fraudsters in Spanish football, has not been sent to jail concerning this multi-million pound fraud while manager at Real Madrid. Instead he will be paying around £2 to the tax authorities after the court accepted a secondary payment in exchange for the prison spell.
Mourinho was forced to appear before the court in Madrid having admitting defrauding the state over a number of years. As ever in these cases the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands and the issue of image rights were at the heart of the matter. Not much discussion on the issue of Mourinho’s morality, nor indeed the morality of the British government in allowing the British Virgin Islands to continue to exist as a tax haven.
And so he follows such incredibly moral people as Cristiano Ronaldo in getting big fines but not going to prison in Spain. C Ronaldo paid nearly £17m to the Spanish tax authority – which should help the state’s finances a bit. The national debt is currently said to be 17,452,000,000 euros, so he reduced it by 0.1%.
Mr Mourinho denied any wrong doing, even when handing over such vast amounts of money to the state. Next up we have Xabi Alonso, who is facing charges over a tax fraud of around €2 million. And guess what, he denies any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile Chelsea have been told they are facing a two year transfer ban for their activity in over 100 cases. The Telegraph thinks it’s not too much of a problem however, as indeed they have the headline, “Why a Fifa transfer ban could be blessing in disguise for Chelsea”. Not quite sure anyone else sees it that way.
And as for referees… that old campaigner Sean Dyche is at it again, this time quoted in the Guardian as saying, “Next season we’ll have VAR, and that should be a help,” after they got their first penalty in a while. What a shame Mr Dyche doesn’t have time to read Untold Arsenal on PGMO – he might understand a little more what is going on – and why VAR may not be the release from torture he is seeking.
Anyway back to Arsenal. Here’s a little extra thought about where we stand this season compared to last….
Last year our home form was very good, and it was clear that we would be very lucky indeed to improve on what happened that year at Arsenal Stadium. But the away form was a problem and a half, so worth a look to see how things stand on that score.
This year in the away games league we stand 9th.
Last season after 12 away games we were also ninth…
So yes, this season we have gained two more points away from home and we are two goal better off (a goal difference of -2 as opposed to -4).
I did write several little articles saying that we could make the top four, if we took our away form back to the level of previous seasons, but sadly we’ve not shown too much sign of that. Of course there is still time, but four wins and three draws, as opposed to three wins and four draws a season ago isn’t the change around I had hoped for.
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