BBC report HMRC raid – West Ham named



The BBC website is currently carrying this report:

“Several men working within professional football have been arrested over a suspected income tax and National Insurance fraud.

HMRC said 180 of its officers had been deployed across the UK and France.

It said investigators had searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men.

A spokesman added it had also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.

BBC Sports editor Dan Roan has tweeted that West Ham United are one of the clubs involved.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Michael Miller says:

    Bugger – I renewed yesterday!!!

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    This will send the nappie fillers in to meltdown πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • GW says:

      Haven’t you heard the tidal wave warning already RadsπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

      • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

        Lol GW,yep get the flood barriers out around C&H mansion the tsunami will be heading this way soon πŸŒŠπŸŒŠπŸ˜‚

    • vor says:

      nappy fillers? WHTID I guess you mean hahaha –

      • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

        No i would never say that about some of your compatriots Voice of Reason.You are trying to get me in trouble now 😁😁

  • FUGMASTER says:

    Hope that loan I gave the two D’s is safe!!!!!!!!!!

  • schuauthing says:

    Must be related to Allardyce. In recent past connections between the clubs being Allardyce, Diame, Nolan, Caroll and Demba Ba….French authorities suggests maybe Payet or Cabaye whose now at Palace under Allerdyce and also played for Newcastle…..

  • lenchi says:

    Have West Ham officially been named, or is it another Dan Roan stitch up.

    • Stan The Man says:

      Yes we have been officially named by the hmrc but there are other clubs involved i believe apart from us and newcastle.
      Its no shock this happens in football is it lol

  • Stan The Man says:

    I like the way they waited until newcastle were promoted to make sure they pee on Ashleys parade lol

  • John says:

    We are guilty of nothing and as yet not charged with anything and yet there are so called fans wetting theirselves with excitement that we might be and that the owners/board have done something wrong. I find that really hard to get my head around. What is the matter with people. My only emotion is one of hoping it all blows over and nothing harms our club but those jumping with glee will not be happy until they see the owners in shackles. Yet again it just shows that some just want bad for our club.

    • Stan The Man says:

      Do you not see the irony though young John that these are the fans who consider themselves as the ones at the very top of the fan pyramid.But all they thrive on is drama and the soap opera of it all.
      Im sure they will be full of conspiracy theories based on figments of their own imaginations lol

      • John says:

        Yeah I know Stanley there is an irony to it all and in regard to the little stuff we can all point at them and laugh and say what toss’ers they are but to rejoice at this sort of stuff annoys me, it should really pull the fans together, Tevez did pull us all together, us vrs the rest mentality, but of course the Dave’s weren’t responsible for that, they just cleared up the mess for us, but this is under their watch so let’s all pile in! The haters are on the bloody side of the tax man for Gods sake!! I’d take Jack the Rippers side over the tax man!!

        Well all I’ll say on this is I hope they’re all disappointed.

        • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

          I got done by the HMRC a few years ago for a misdemeanour,nothing serious but they are a merciless bunch of turds 😁

  • mooro66uk says:

    good old Dan Roan. All sorts of clubs involved but only names us. What is his problem with us?

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    I bet Arry has just broken out in a cold sweat somewhere in Brum when he heard the words Football and HMRC πŸ˜‚

  • Stan The Man says:

    I just saw an article where it said there is no suggestion that the investigation involves any current West Ham personnel.Im really not sure how that works but it will disappoint a lot of our so called fans who are more interested in trying to implicate DG,DS and Brady than the good of the club in all of this.Pathetic wally brains lol

  • mywhufc says:

    Id be more disappointed if we hadnt, had a fiddle going on.
    Proper east end boy like DG,
    Jokes aside, i doubt we will ever hear the outcome as its prob a storm in a tea cup and they won’t find anything

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    The truth will come out but I would doubt the Dave’s themselves are implicated, fraud is usually committed by agents and players rather than clubs.

  • The GATEMAN says:

    Roan has tweeted that the sum involved is Β£5million, which hardly seems worth sending so many HMRC people to ‘investigate’. Pity they don’t send that many to investigate the various tax ‘avoiders’….

  • Stan The Man says:

    Well it would be good to get a little more meat on the bone before jumping to conclusions.It would appear that Lee Charnley is the biggest name involved thus far.
    It will be interesting to see which French clubs are involved,it could certainly explain newcastles french foreign legion that invaded St.James Park a couple of years ago.

  • schuauthing says:

    Interesting post on Kumb:

    I thought that was pretty much the story as we knew it anyway – Payet was almost forced to leave Marseille due to their financial issues, and we were the only takers.

    If it is an English team and Marseille thing, why are we and Newcastle being investigated and not Spurs (N’Koudou), Watford (Djedje), Chelsea (Batshuayi) and so on. Players signed by English clubs from Marseille. I’m not sure it’s that simple.

    However, the difference is Newcastle and ourselves have signed players from Marseille and reasonably quickly sent them back there, either transferred like Payet and Cabella or loaned like Thauvin. So could there be something in that?

    Then again, that’s recent – if these go back 7 years we could be looking at players like Ilunga signed from Toulouse, Piquionne from Lyon, Maiga from Sochauz, Sakho from Metz, Amalfitano from Marseille…assuming it’s focussed on all of France.

    What ties them all together?

    A hasty Google gives you the answer – Willie and Mark McKay. Agents for them all, organised moves for Ilunga and Piquionne to Doncaster, public statements for Maiga, Sakho, Amalfitano as their agent, and supposedly greased the wheels for the Payet deal so presumably was chummy with the Marseille board as well.

    Given that Willie, at least, has been arrested over corruption in football before, it’s clear to see where HMRC are coming from here and why they’re continuing this investigation.

    The guy is a stain on football, and his connection is a stain on this club. I wonder why this investigation goes back seven years…what happened seven years ago that would make it a cut off? It couldn’t possibly be that we were bought from the Icelandics and as a result somebody dodgy entered the inner circle of the club, could it?

  • GW says:

    Just think if it was all down to the slug! His minions would be swamping the Samaritan’s phone lines in no time or creating petitions to clear the Dudley 1 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Stan The Man says:

    Yes shuauthing i think if anything this will be about agents more than anything else.All will become clearer if we sit tight.As young Nigel said it will all be a storm in a tea cup i think.
    We will have another day when the real drama queens have yet again lived up to their reputation lol
    What do you think gw has bfs turned kings evidence and sung like a canary lol lol

    • GW says:

      Stan he’s been working undercover for HMRC for years impersonating a manager and gathering evidence via wire taps in the China Dolls hair bunπŸ˜€ He will be given a new identity after this sting operation has finished and will reappear as Senor Samaty Alerdici to rid the drugs and betting ring in the Colombian premier league πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • Stan The Man says:

        As conspiracy theories go that is one that needs a very good imagination or comes from someone a tiny bit unhinged gw lol
        But at least we can have a laugh about it and not feel the need to go gunning for DG,DS and Brady because our beaks have to be in everything lol

        • GW says:

          Mate after 30+ years travelling home and away I’ve got to be unhinged anyway πŸ˜€ But then again I’m just an uneducated moron who hates the club because I didn’t buy the Sammy PJ’s and Beaker set in the glory years when he was in charge πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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