Newcastle United start a two day High Court hearing later today.

As fans were still celebrating promotion after beating Preston 4-1 at St James Park, they then discovered that Newcastle United (and West Ham) had been raided by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of a probe into suspected income tax & national insurance fraud.

Lee Charnley was among a number of senior European football officials who were arrested and later released without charge.

Today’s judicial review hearing follows an earlier High Court decision in June, which gave Newcastle United permission to challenge the seizure order obtained by HMRC.

Mr Justice Supperstone ruled in June that it was ‘arguable’ the search warrant had been obtained unlawfully and so subsequently there must be a full court hearing for the issues to be argued.

The club argued at that June hearing that the warrants were excessively wide and that there were no grounds to believe Newcastle United were engaged in suspected tax fraud.

Lawyers on behalf of the club also argued that the legal procedures followed when the warrants were obtained at Leeds Crown Court were flawed, with no proper reasons being given.

Lord Justice Beatson and Mrs Justice Whipple will now hear the case in the High Court over these next two days in London.

When Newcastle United were raided, business records and financial records were taken away, as well as computers and mobile phones.

The HMRC investigation centres on football agents and payments made in transfer dealings between English & French clubs.

At the June hearing Mr Justice Supperstone also continued orders which prevented HMRC officers from examining the material seized in the raids, pending this week’s full hearing.

Mike Ashley this week won his £15m heavy drinking deal, so he will be hopeful of pulling off a double over the course of these next two days.



  • Leazes Ender

    Maybe HMRC should try get their hands on that bucket load of mobile phones that Ashley keeps a Shirebrook and raid his family, because this is someone who doesn’t like daylight, doesnt send emails and does business face to face in pubs with no paper trails. Just a thought.

  • HappyToons

    ‘because this is someone who doesn’t like daylight, doesnt send emails and does business face to face in pubs ‘ … sounds like most of my council estate, but only the drug dealers have the extra mobile phones. Should any of them win the lottery and buy a football club down south I am sure they would run it with exactly the same compassion and disinterest as big Mike. Picture Oz sitting in the Black Bull … ‘the cockney bas tards want a full back? How much? Stuff that. Ha’way-get the beers in.’

    • Leazes Ender

      Its Howay not Ha’way….where is your Council Estate?

      • nevfur

        Actually the word is used in lots of situations and sounds slightly different depending on how it’s used, which can’t really be shown in print, and as there is no official Geordie dictionary the spelling is irrelevant.

        • Leazes Ender

          I hadn’t marked you down as a linguist Neville.

          • nevfur

            Ah yes a cunning linguist I think lol

          • Leazes Ender

            What purpose does the apostrophe serve in the Mackem spelling?

          • nevfur

            As there is no official spelling for the word whether used by a Geordie a Mackem or a Northumbrian there is no apostrophe

          • Leazes Ender

            Have you seen the seats at the Stadium of ****e….. someone ought to have told them there was no apostrophe…..It’s a catastrophe.

          • nevfur

            I agree, the stadium is a catastrophe lol

          • Leazes Ender

            I’ve just looked in the OED and ‘Howay’ is included but Ha’way or Haway’ isn’t.

          • nevfur

            All sounds the same really

  • grantham mag

    It will be first time supporting NUFC for over 50 years that I hope we lose.