Newcastle Raided By HMRC On Transfer Dealings – Charnley Arrested


There is some extremely disturbing breaking news coming in  that Newcastle United and West Ham have been raided by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs agents this morning.

Financial Records have been seized at both clubs.

It seems that it’s an international investigation into the transfer dealings of both clubs and that Lee Charnley has been arrested.

Lee Charnley – has been arrested according to Independent

A spokesperson for HMRC said this:

“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.”

Newcastle’s Managing Director Lee Charnley has been arrested according to the Independent,.

What is going on here??

It’s probably some transfer dealing we have done over the last 10 years since we signed a lot of French players in that time.

Just when everything is looking perfect at the club – this happens.

We cannot judge what has happened but this will no doubt stain the very good name of Newcastle United Football Club around the world.

This could be devastating.

We are absolutely staggered by this.

Comments welcome.



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41 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    What will Rafa’s reaction be? That’s the most worrying aspect.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye, will be for the individual’s benefit and so we need to make a right racket and get organised to appeal any club penalty. Righteous indignation at the ready.

    Justice isn’t punishing the many for the actions of a few, maybe if the supporters had some say at the executive level and some representative was involved, but we’re just as much victims in this as HMRC if they decide on demotion, pts deduction etc. A transfer embargo for a season I could perhaps understand..

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Agents , West Ham and the French.

    Wonderful just fcking wonderful

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Dream on Hail. As soon as we get some joy, this happens. The Mackems will be loving it. Seriously bad news. I have said a long time ago that there must be something amiss with the Carr / France / Mondial link and West Ham are not a clean club so the link with them is a real concern. Oh shit….

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  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Chronicle has just put the story up with no mention of Charnleys arrest ????

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Wouldnt surprise me if Pardew’s relationship with Llambias and casino is looked at too

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Just woke up to this shyte. What a bloody embarrassment – club premises raided, Penfold arrested – you cannot make this stuff up.
    Must be club related as opposed to it being strictly personal.
    As previous info – Carr has a house in France -we have signed loads of French players – what throws me is the West Ham connection.
    Must be the transfers.
    HMRC usually demand extra money by letter/threat if personal taxes are wrong. For them to raid in this fashion with the police seems to me to be very serious indeed.
    Dodgy accounting now coming back to bite us.

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  • magspuggy

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Hibbit
    The mirror broke the story hours ago
    Just shows what it thinks of its sister eh.

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  • giimps

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    If penfold goes down, fraudew is out of a job and could come in and clean the floors for the new md

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  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster Mag
    once these people are in they check everything and i mean everything

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    You have to laugh don’t ya

    If it’s tax related the club can’t be punished can It? As in points deduction transfer embargo etc?

    Going to be a fun few days

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Me thinks this looks serious and wouldn’t be surprised that we will start in a lower league next year with a points deduction. depends on how hard the FA want to come down on us.

    Sad inditement on this country, big business the Philip Greens of this World how corrupt this Country is and could get worse when we pull out of Europe and a Government with no opposition

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  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s quite noticeable that SSN are not featuring it.
    Trying to be sure of their facts before running the story
    Remember ‘arry Redknapp mocked the HMRC in court when at West Ham.
    Civil servants can be vindictive buggers

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Presumably the FA can’t act until guilty verdicts have been handed down? Or can they?

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  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    magspuggy

    so much for the chronicle’s club insider line !!
    they have been caught napping on this one big time

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  • giimps

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    and we thought it was exciting trying to guess Rafas team selection, just imagine what its going to be like guessing how long penfold will get?
    Its never boring being a toon fan ,thats for darn sure.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Needless to say – Penfold -if he has been arrested -will no doubt be released on bail later on. Would it be appropriate for him to continue in his role at the club. Should he be suspended until the matter is sorted out.
    If they do suspend him – will this effect transfers, will the club appoint an interim boss – God forbid – Owl Heed.
    Are there any Uefa rules precidents about points being deducted in cases of club fraud.
    What a bloody mess – cannot make this stuff up.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie
    If we are in the same boat as West Ham I doubt it’ll be that bad

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    glimps @17 – very good! Had to laugh.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    West Ham have benefited from public money in acquiring the use of the Olympic stadium and there has been numerous concerns expressed over those arrangements.

    Mondial must be a concern

    Allardyce lost the England job because of concerns over his integrity

    Then again…..every club could now expect to be visited

    This could take years to sort out

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #22

    WWSBRD Rangers were demoted because they said their tax fiddling gave them an unfair advantage over their opponents. It depends on if individuals have benefited or the club as a whole I suppose. Time will tell but either way, it won’t be good news for us, that much is guaranteed. This could turn into the biggest disaster yet and boy, we’ve had a few!

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  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Whoops
    SSN just shown images of police van outside the London stadium

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  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    big differance between arrested and helping with our inquiries
    the tone seems to be altering on some sites !!!

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  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Springy,
    Swindon refused promotion over illegal player payments, 36 offences, so probably not tax related,

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27

    I can reveal that the details of the new shirt sponsor has been leaked

    The Probation Service

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    It could be that Penfold is just being questioned, rather than has been arrested.

    More will become clear, now is not the time to panic.

    Doesn’t look too good however.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Well this is just fine and Dandy ain’t it. Always find a way of fcukin things up this lot. Well fcuking done. Gi ya sels a pat on the back. Fcuking brilliant news!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Also, on the subject of points decution or being demoted. Neither of those scenarios would see us drop further down the Championship surely? We just secured promotion and are to become a PL club again. Stay where we are, at worst?

    Not saying that’s a good thing, but calls that we might go further down seem off the mark, but I’m certainly no expert on the matter.

    Bet we all will be experts on the matter soon enough though!

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #31

    Bobby
    Did Rangers no go bankrupt though thought that led to their drop more than the tax issues? I don’t know like

    It’ll not be good news and if Charnley is involved then he’s gone which is a worry but if it’s just tax then transfers shouldn’t be affected (as it’s structuring the deal rather than doing dodgy transfers)?

    Time will tell like

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #32

    We’ll be playing in different striped shirts!
    First game, next season, in the tunnel………..
    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/21/article-2700097-1FD91E1B00000578-325_634x481.jpg

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  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #33

    hibbitt
    I noticed that

    Loads of clubs have had documents and pc’s seized in the past.

    There is rarely anything comes of it.

    The Rev and Customs have draconian powers and do like to flex their muscles from time to time.
    You’ll prolly find the local area director of HMRC is a mackem.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #34

    lets hope its Carr been at the fiddle and not the club

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza

    Even if a person has been arrested and charged, there’s still a presumption of innocence. Can the FA do anything until there’s been an admission of guilt or a guilty verdict returned at trial?

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  • posada

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #36

    Many have mentioned that some of our transfers make no sense.
    Saivet, Riviere etc.
    Thing is though I always assumed it was the club getting ripped off by middle men. It’s not like those deals worked to our advantage.
    May have something to do with payments for so called image rights. Payments made abroad for these outside the scope of the tax authorities.
    Having said that this issue has not been a secret for a while.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #37

    It’s also teams in France (Marseille isn’t it? But quite likely mote) and probably more English teams so who knows what’ll happen

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  • giimps

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #38

    If the hmrc have worded it as arrested, then thats what it is, im just wondering what the exact charge is?
    Our alleged contravention certainly helped us get relegated, i wonder what timeframe this has happened over?
    I wonder if someone in the gollowgate knew about this before singing the going up, going down song on monday?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #39

    With the numbers of HMRC staff involved it is clear – so far – that it is a tax fiddling job.
    The involvement of the cops will only be to utilise their powers – which tax inspectors do not have – ie power of arrest, entry and seizure.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 26, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #40

    This is why agents should be nowhere near the game or only employed by the league’s on a pay or commission
    Couldn’t Ashley just sack whoever’s involved and then the club wouldn’t be in the wrong lol
    Seems to work in other places

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