New Claims That Newcastle 'Abused' Tax System
With today's legal challenge from Newcastle United against the HMRC hitting a stumbling block and being thrown out by The Royal Court of Justice, it allowed further information to be released.
The information was part of the tax raid by the HMRC back in April where the offices of St James' Park were raided along with the likes of Lee Charnley's house. Mobiles, laptops and other equipment was also seized before Newcastle went down the legal route to try to stop it.
Officially the reason why Newcastle wanted to challenge the HMRC was because they said that they had no legal grounds or evidence to step foot inside but with the courts ruling it legal, there comes the first lot of explanation as to what was going on.
The Daily Mail and The Chronicle ran the first stories tonight in which they explain the jist which is basically that the HMRC reckon that the club abused the tax system by paying agents certain amounts which would now potentially see criminal proceedings.
The belief is that Newcastle paid agents a fee but the money was then split to various parties including players as a sweetener ahead of a deal. Five players were mentioned in the shape of Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Davide Santon and Demba Ba.
With this case now ongoing and nothing certain as to what the final outcome could be, there also comes a bit of mystery in regards to any potential sale or if any punishment would be against any future employer as in a punishment to the club rather than any potential criminal act by a current employee.