Newcastle & West Ham Raided By HMRC
The Newcastle Utd training ground and West Ham’s London stadium have been raided by HM Revenue and Customs, as part of an investigation into Income Tax and National Insurance fraud. It is also understood that Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley has been arrested as part of the operation. 180 HMRC officers were deployed to the locations this morning, as well as sites in France with the help of the French police. Charnley was one of a number of arrests made this morning.
A statement from HMRC read:
"HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.
"180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today. Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.
"The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made arrests and several locations have been searched in France.
"This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences. As this is an ongoing investigation, HMRC is unable to provide any further detail at this time."