According to reports in Le Parisien, via The Mirror, former Newcastle United midfielder Sylvain Marveaux has been arrested in France as part of HMRC’s tax fraud investigation that targeted the Magpies and West Ham United on Wednesday.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley was also taken into custody and released without charge as the HMRC confirmed in a statement that “several men working within the professional football industry” had been arrested as part of the investigation.
Marveaux, who currently plays for FC Lorient in his home country, spent five years at St James’ Park between 2011 and 2016 before being released following their relegation to the Championship.
Newcastle United supporters were quick to have their say on their former winger’s arrest, with many choosing to poke fun at the situation by saying that the Frenchman stole of a living with them and he was a fraud on the pitch.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to the news from Toon fans…
Sylvain Marveaux has been arrested for tax fraud hahahaha no wonder, the man stole a living off Newcastle for 5 years never mind HMRC
— Liam (@liammccarthyy) April 27, 2017
Sylvain Marveaux a fraud? What else is new…
— Gaz (@gr_1986) April 27, 2017
This time yesterday I was concerned that #nufc would be dissolved. Today I hear that they've arrested Sylvain Marveaux.
— Paul Graham (@svenadultbooks) April 27, 2017
Marveaux arrested in France. That ball for Cisse v Stoke was so good it was practically illegal, like. #nufc
— Neil Paterson (@nufcbooboy) April 27, 2017
As if Sylvain Marveaux was one of the people arrested in France???? #nufc
— Danny Thompson (@dannythompson97) April 27, 2017
I suppose Marveaux's been lifted for posing as a footballer? #NUFC
— MJANUFC (@MjaNufc) April 27, 2017
— Mike (@MikeSummersall) April 27, 2017
— Brett Howell (@Brett_nufc) April 27, 2017