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Newcastle United and West Ham United's grounds have been raided in a fraud investigation.

HMRC said it deployed 180 officers across the UK and France, resulting in the arrests of several men working within professional football.

It said investigators had searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England.

A spokesman added it had also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.

The arrests were connected to a suspected income tax and National Insurance fraud, he added.

BBC Sports editor Dan Roan has tweeted that West Ham United was one of the clubs involved.

Newcastle United's St. James' Park ground has also been searched.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, unionunderground said:

Will be interesting to see how the F.A. and English media view this. Also the reactions from other clubs and fans. Just for comparison. 

Wonder if Sunderland fans will want them renamed NewCostle and if the FA will send them down to League 2 :whistle:

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It is being reported by the BBC that it involves avoiding around 5 million pounds in tax and NI. 180 HMRC staff involved seems a bit of overkill, or did they think they could implicate Rangers somehow if they threw enough manpower at it.  I await the leaks (not holding my breath). 

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