'Hell of a statement' - Newcastle fans react as club issues 30-word response to HMRC investigation
By Will Butcher
Newcastle have issued a 30-word statement regarding the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) decision to raid their offices – and fans have reacted sarcastically on Twitter.
The Magpies and Premier League club West Ham have seen their headquarters raided over suspected criminal tax and national insurance fraud.
HMRC conducted an investigation into the club’s affairs, specifically tax avoidance and evasion in regards to transfer fees and player image rights, as well as agents’ fees over the last seven years.
Newcastle’s managing director, Lee Charnley, is said to have been arrested in connection with the investigation, and is known to be owner Mike Ashley’s right-hand man.
The Toon posted a response on Wednesday evening to the statement on their official website, which was kept brief. It read:
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“Newcastle United can confirm that a member of its staff has this morning been assisting HMRC with their inquiries. The Club will be making no further comment at this time.”
Newcastle fans took to Twitter in response to the statement, reacting sarcastically at how short the piece was on the situation that marred the club’s recent promotion to the Premier League.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Hell of a statement, lads
— NE28 (@_NE28) April 26, 2017
Did they arrest the bloke who writes the statements as well?
— , (@__RG27) April 26, 2017
Have you been working on this all day? ????
— Chris (@ChrisErswell) April 26, 2017
Harry Hill out
— Adam. (@SimplyMitro) April 26, 2017
some statement that…
— Jonathan Foster (@nefoster5) April 26, 2017
Might as well have just tweeted it
— paddy (@PaddyHillNUFC) April 26, 2017
who wrote that? Theresa May?…
— HETHERS (@Hethery1) April 26, 2017
It remains to be seen if either Newcastle will be charged, as the investigation continues.
In other Newcastle news, the Toon are set to be given the green light for major summer transfers.