The Times has exclusively revealed that David Sullivan illegally avoided £700,000 in tax as he put money into West Ham.
The Times say that he has been ordered to repay the money after courts ruled that he was trying to benefit from the transfer of £2million from his family company.
They say that the ruling couldn’t have come at a worse time for the co-owner, who was forced to seek refuge after a protest at the London Stadium turned ugly.
Sullivan was hit in the eye by a coin as crowds gathered around the director’s box.
It was the culmination of a wave of unhappiness from West Ham fans towards their owners, who they’ve accused of treating the club like a business.
They were one of the lowest spenders last summer and announced record profits this year.
Meanwhile, the club is lurching around the bottom of the Premier League – one point and two places above the drop zone.
The club has a huge six pointer against Southampton, the team directly below them, on Saturday and it’s likely the fans will turn again if the result doesn’t go their way.
News like this will give them even more ammunition too.
There’s no doubt that football is big business these days, but fans wants to see their clubs run properly, with investment and love, not by people who only seem to want to line their own pockets.
Sadly, this latest news is yet another example that all is not well within West Ham.
The cries to sack the board will no doubt grow louder and that will just have a negative effect on the players on the pitch. It’s an ugly circle that someone needs to break.
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