More arrests in Anglo-French £5m tax investigation

TaxofficialsWednesday’s HMRC investigation into Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham dealing with Marseille has seen former Newcastle midfielder Sylvain Marveaux arrested.

French newspaper Le Parisien report that their information is that they know of three football agents being arrested along with Marveaux and all four taken in for questioning as part of the all-encompassing investigation.

Tax2One of Mike Ashley and Graham Carr’s disastrous ‘bargain’ signings, in the five years he was on Newcastle’s books the midfielder/winger started only 13 Premier League matches and scored a single league goal.

It was business as usual at West Ham on Thursday morning as Slaven Bilic faced the press at Rush Green. Thirty HMRC officials had swooped on the London Stadium and Tax3the club’s Rush Green training ground on Wednesday morning with a warrant as part of an Anglo-French investigation into suspected £5m tax fraud in football.

There were no arrests at West Ham, and no phones or computers were confiscated with insiders confident the club have done nothing wrong.

Manager Slaven Bilic and his players had a day off yesterday so were not at either the training ground or the stadium, while joint-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were also not present when the raids took place. Bilic could therefore not comment on the incident during his pre-match press conference.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

6 comments on “More arrests in Anglo-French £5m tax investigation

  1. Well well well so we have no arrests no computers or phones confiscated.Were all the verbal theatrics and dramatics of the damp between the legs worth it yesterday.Just too embarrassing for words by our own fans!
    I use the term fans loosely in their case the wally brains.

  2. I read that a french player has been arrested in regards to this matter. Please please let them find something on Payet and his agent!

  3. Well well well, another opportunity for the people who want West Ham ruined to have a dig. If the club didn’t learn form the last cock up over transfers, well! This time round the Premiership Elite will make sure we are ruined, it seems perfectly ok to employ a manager who was PROVEN to be corrupt, or hire a private investigator to carry out some phone tapping, but believe me, when it comes to West Ham, we will be shafted 😒

  4. My only concern is it seems a lot of hassle, manpower and, if the daily mail is to be believed, a helicopter hovering over our stadium just for £5 million, I know all money is money but the reported 180 men seems a bit over the top

  5. @Davejmac22

    Exactly…..youve got it one…..something doesnt add up here….Hmmm

  6. Lucky the DM had a helicopter near by just at the right time.

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