Newcastle United are reportedly one of two clubs that has been raided as part of a tax fraud investigation, with West Ham United said to be the other.
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 understood that HMRC are looking into some of the transfer activity that has occurred at St James’ Park and have seized documents from the stadium as a result, with Magpies managing director Lee Charnley said to be one of those that has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation.
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.”
Sunderland supporters were quick to have their say on the news involving their arch-rivals, with some fans wanting Newcastle to be kept in the Championship as a punishment after they secured promotion back to the Premier League on Monday night.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— james (@Sunlunfan) April 26, 2017
To be fair, they've done well this year… but wouldn't it be funny…..! #safc
— Tinders (@safctinders) April 26, 2017
— StressAFC (@stressafc) April 26, 2017
— SNutt (@manxmackem) April 26, 2017
— Angus (@MrAngusBurger) April 26, 2017
— Martin Blakelock (@pipes6) April 26, 2017
— Monument Tips (@Monumenttips1) April 26, 2017
— Dave Trewick (@DaveTrewick) April 26, 2017