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.