West Ham United F.C and Newcastle United F.C have been raided as part of a huge football tax fraud investigation involving 180 HMRC officers across the UK and France.

Investigators swooped on offices at Newcastle’s St James’ Park and West Ham United’s London Stadium earlier today. Business and financial records, computers and mobile phones were seized in the raids, which also targeted both clubs’ training facilities.

In a statement, HMRC said it had arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected income tax and national insurance fraud.

180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today,” the statement added. “Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.

 The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made arrests and several locations have been searched in France.

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.”

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Edwin Coe Tax team.

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