Newcastle United are reportedly one of two clubs – the other being West Ham United – that has been raided by HMRC on Wednesday as part of a tax fraud investigation and Magpies managing director Lee Charnley is understood to have been one of those arrested.
My understanding is that HM Revenue & Customs are investigating transfer activity at Newcastle United & that Lee Charnley has been arrested.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) April 26, 2017
It is thought that HMRC are looking into some of the transfer activity and suspected tax and national insurance fraud that may have occurred at St James’ Park, and they have seized documents from the stadium as a result.
The HMRC released a statement on Wednesday morning saying it had arrested “several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected income tax and national insurance fraud.”
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the news, with some fans in disbelief that this revelation could come out just days after they celebrated winning promotion back to the Premier League.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
@SkySports_Keith Charnley the supervillain
— colin oliver (@100Magpie) April 26, 2017
— Lee Woodward (@_LeeWoodward) April 26, 2017
— Craig Scott (@ScottyNUFC01) April 26, 2017
@CaulkinTheTimes Oh ffs – my smiling activity didn't last long ????
— Patricia (@Patrici41233130) April 26, 2017
— Alex (@xALEX7916x) April 26, 2017
@CaulkinTheTimes You couldn’t make it up. A club like no other. ????????
— Ben McKinney (@Hamina1) April 26, 2017
@CaulkinTheTimes Praying this doesn't lead to a transfer embargo!! Only at NUFC could this come out straight after good news…
— Stevie Young (@SYoungLopez) April 26, 2017