October 19, 2021

The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

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Pandora Papers reveal Pep Guardiola failed to declare offshore bank account while Barcelona coach

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, Pandora Papers reveal Pep Guardiola failed to declare offshore bank account while Barcelona coach, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH
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, Pandora Papers reveal Pep Guardiola failed to declare offshore bank account while Barcelona coach, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

, Pandora Papers reveal Pep Guardiola failed to declare offshore bank account while Barcelona coach, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

, Pandora Papers reveal Pep Guardiola failed to declare offshore bank account while Barcelona coach, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Pep Guardiola failed to declare to Spanish authorities that he had opened an offshore bank account while playing in Qatar, according to the Pandora Papers leaks.

The Manchester City manager is said to have kept almost £500,000 in an Andorran bank account, which remained open while he was manager at Barcelona.

Both El Pais and La Sexta in Spain claim Guardiola opened the offshore account to deposit wages from his two years playing for Al Ahli, where he was being paid in the region of £1.7million a year from 2003 to 2005.

However, it is claimed he waited until 2012 – when a tax amnesty was announced in Spain following the global financial crisis – to finally declare the offshore funds, five years into his return at Barcelona.

“Until that point, the current coach of Manchester City had not declared the funds held in the account to the Spanish Tax Agency,” reports El Pais, which was among organisations given access to the files from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Guardiola is said to have set up the Andorran account through a shell company called Repox Investments.

There is no allegation of legal wrongdoing by Guardiola, whose legal advisor Lluis Orobitg has told Spanish outlets that the account was opened due to the “impossibility of obtaining a residence certificate in Qatar, where he would not have to pay tax”.

Guardiola, he added, did not deposit the funds in Spain because his accountant feared that, without a residency permit in Qatar, the Spanish Tax Agency “could object to him filing his tax returns as an expatriate when in reality he played and lived in Qatar”.

The Pandora Papers detail how a host of world leaders and famous names use accounts in tax havens to accrue huge amounts of wealth and carry out transactions. Other sporting figures listed in the haul include Carlo Ancelotti, Angel di Maria, Sachin Tendulkar and, indirectly, Gerard Pique, the Barcelona defender who is married to pop artist Shakira.

Manchester City were contacted by Telegraph Sport for comment on the reports in Spain.

Meanwhile, four men were charged for possessing flares in Anfield before City’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

In relation to the incidents, Merseyside Police said in a statement: “We have charged four men following incidents involving flares in Anfield yesterday, Sunday, October 4.”

City also have an image of a Liverpool supporter who allegedly spat at their bench. The champions had a camera fixed on their dugout throughout the game and have included the image in their account of the incident in a report for Liverpool.

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