Newcastle United’s St. James’ Park stadium has been raided by tax fraud investigators, and local reports say Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley was among several men arrested on the suspicion of income tax and National Insurance fraud totalling millions.
Football fans on social media have been saying that there should not be “one law for the rich and another for the poor”, adding that if Lee Charnley is found guilty he should go to jail.
HMRC (Her Malesty’s Revenue and Customs) said it had deployed 180 dozens of officers in this fraud case.
HMRC said it searched Newcastle’s ground in the north east of England, and seized business documents, financial records, mobile phones and computers.
They added, “This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences. As this is an ongoing investigation, HMRC is unable to provide any further detail at this time.”
Newcastle United were promoted to the English Premier League on Monday, but now their promotion might be tainted by fraud allegations.