September 30, 2015

LISBON, Portugal (AP) Luiz Felipe Scolari has paid 3 million euros ($3.4 million) in back taxes from when he was Portugal coach between 2003 and 2007, the Portuguese authorities have announced.

The Criminal Investigation Department of the attorney general's office said an investigation concluded the Brazilian owed tax on his image rights.

A statement late Tuesday said Scolari agreed to pay the outstanding tax as well as interest on it. It did not say when he paid. The case was then closed.

Scolari's press office in Brazil said Wednesday that the coach would not comment on the case.

When the investigation began in May 2014, Scolari denied any wrongdoing. He said he had correctly filed all his tax returns and declared his income in every country he had worked.

The 66-year-old Scolari guided Portugal to the final of the 2004 European Championship and to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup.

He won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and also coached the five-time world champions last year when they lost 7-1 to Germany in semifinals of their home tournament.

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