No let-up in HMRC football pursuits


News that Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric, former manager and owner of Portsmouth FC respectively, will face trial in January over allegations they attempted to defraud HM Revenue and Customs will cast a long shadow within the football business in what is shaping up to be a landmark year for the game’s relationship with tax authorities.

Unlike Rangers on-going HMRC case, which is a mere tribunal that will decide if a liability demand is valid, Radknapp and Mandaric face criminal charges.  Redknapp is one of England’s most popular sporting figures but no more so than former jockey, Lester Piggott, who received a three year jail sentence for tax evasion in 1987.

High profile wins, at Crown Court or a First Tier Tribunal, are likely to bring in more undeclared tax than a bus load of cartoon characters in bowler hats.

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  1. Margaret McGill on

    The abuse of Ireland and the Irish should be a modern lesson for us all that


    there are other more modern abuses. We see it today in Syria, Afghanistan, Burma


    and a multitude of others. Palestine for example.



    Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English


    or France to the French. It is wrong and in-human to impose the Jews on the Arabs.


    What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.


    The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war.


    Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine


    can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home.

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    I cant believe we are debating with people who think squealing about history makes their current crimes invisible ?


    On TV today I caught a sad story about how the poppy charity had to step in to support a soldier the government couldnt afford to support.


    Could his injury been avoided with better equipment ?



    How many british soldiers are currently serving without basic survival equipment ?


    Could tax help aleviate this problem ?


    Who refuses to pay tax currently ?


    Is £50M a lot of money ?


    Why is the acronym IRA, sufficient justification for ignoring current responsibilities ?



    The IRA is not a good enough argument to distract from the criminal activities being perpetrated against the people of britain. Too many are being allowed to walk away from their responsibilities, blaming singing songs at a football game is, as we know the standard format every time the oppression becomes too obvious.


    Its their fault, listen to how much they dont like britian !


    They dont like britain that much they pay their taxes


    They are proud of the health system they helped create


    They are proud of the benefit system they helped create


    They are proud of the education system they helped create


    They are as proud of the great things that came out of britain as any hun.


    Being british means contributing to the unkeep of the british society, there has been a lot of dishonor in the history of britain, but there are a lot of great achievements that should be acknowleged, these must not be forgotten.




    The next time your questioned about any IRA guff. Ask them about their last tax bill, and look them in the eye and ask, howmany have you killed since he last PIRA campaign. The PIRA have not contributed to the death of a singl british soldier, howmany tax cheats can make the same claim ?

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    The Singing Detective,


    I’ve got a 3000 year old parchment that tells me I own the land your house is built on.


    I’ll be taking up residence on Monday, please vacate the premisis as i will be sending the army in to make sure there ar no squatters. :o)

  4. Margaret McGill on

    Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    14 November, 2011 at 01:48



    Absolutely correct. The western Wars against the countries of the middle east is about oil and stealing taxes.


    Stealing taxes? Yes. Not about any NWO. Thats crap. Its sheer and simple corporate greed. Using tax dollars to fund war contracts instead of health and education. We should be proud of our Health and education systems but they are under attack from corporations who see a big pool of free money in taxes. Health and education in the West is being undermined by a lack of funding because most tax money is being diverted to war contracts and bank bailouts. Its the biggest transfer of wealth from the working and middle classes to the wealthy in history. Once that’s gone your pensions are next.



    and yes all the dead in Iraq and Afghanistan has been for nothing but this.

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    The Singing Detective,


    if your going to blow up your house before I take up residence, please ensure all explosives are detonated as UXB can injure, mame and kill long after they have been abandoned.

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Well good night to all goood Celtic supporters everywhere, I’ve got work in the morning, when I get paid, I pay my contribution to the society I live in, I do not starve my society of resources to keep me safe, neither do I look to scapegoat minorities as a cover for my crimes, I rest easy in my sleep :o)


    hail hail

  7. setting free the bears says:


    14 November, 2011 at 01:16



    pete c



    The link I gave you puts the issue in context.



    It cites the issue, placing it at Article 1 Section 2 Para. 3 of the US Constitution.



    And it allows you to hyperlink directly to an article on the Constitution.



    There is little more than can be done for you.



    However, if you need spoon fed,:-



    US constitution



    I think it might have been quicker if you had been less coy and just stated your views as I am off to bed now and cannot debate this well known point further.




    We can always keep things civil…



    No response to my olive branch so I’d like to take you back to one of the initial links that you brought to my attention from my initial query.



    If only you were not so wanton to insult and your pride got you riding high when you thought you wikied your way out of things.



    Go back to the above and “Superseded”.



    Your initial comments are nowhere to be seen in the Constitution, especially not where you claimed they were, they sounded like an interpretation by a person, definitely, but no way was Your initial comment anywhere to be seen, unfortunately for you.



    Ridiculing people is not good, it riles them as much as anything.



    Ammendment 14 section 2 Specifically states Indians Not Taxed. If you are wanting nothing to do with a Government would you want to pay taxes to it?



    The Indians had no choice as the dominant ones accessed their land, unfortunately. The Indians did however get recognition in the Constitution though despite what you are thinking. And they were protected by the Constitution as much as any other person was.

  8. Wee Point of Information…


    The Constitution and the Bill of Rights no longer exist… Dead. Irrelevant.


    Emasculated by The Patriot Act…


    Which was voted through without being read by Congress…


    After two senators who requested time to read it received anthrax through the post.


    Interesting Times in this Brave New World…..


    And in Scotland too it seems…

  9. Take a few moments and relax and enjoy everyone.We all require a bit of pleasure.



    Being a tim i obviously like other tims.Here’s one.





    “I only know that peace will come,


    When all our hate is gone”



    Funeral tomorrow,second in six weeks.Still keeping on keeping on though.


    Peace and love to all my fellow Celtic supporters wherever you are.Go easy bhoys and ghirls.





    Goodnight all.




  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Maggie says


    Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English


    or France to the French. It is wrong and in-human to impose the Jews on the Arabs.



    Christ was a Jew. Christ was born in Bethlehem.



    Re. imposition.Both Palestinians and Jews are Semites.

  11. PJBhoynyc



    Bush 1 Clinton 1 Bush 2 Clinton/Bush2 it gets confusing.



    I mean are we looking at Obama as being his own Bush?



    Politics Sickens me so much, especially when I keep get taken in by people, STILL.



    I posted a link a couple of weeks ago that I thought was worth posting because I saw main stream being challenged.



    Rascar called it early, he said the dude was a bully, I just wanted Mainstream media have a person who would rebel.



    I Apologise to Rascar for not Listening to what he was saying at the time, he kept his head level and I was losing it.



    Clear heids are imperative.

  12. macjay1



    All the Jews are flocking back, it is a peculiar thing especially when “political” neighbours are talking about destroying Israel.



    The Islamification of all the surrounding countries means, IMO, the prophecised wars in the Bible from almost 3000 years ago.



    And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be torn in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. -Zechariah 12:2, 3



    We are about to witness truly Supernatural events IMO.

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    G`day Summa and Petec



    Summa,yer bhoy,the enigma,currently undergoing rehab.,in the best sense.


    Long may it continue.





    Currently at work.Not much time.


    Unless there is a dramatic change in the attitude of Israel,I fear the Middle East is condemned to nuclear conflag.

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon says:


    14 November, 2011 at 04:09



    Damascus is prophecised to be totally destroyed.



    Gods Word.



    Israel is attacked by All, which suggests that the US are totally neutralized.



    If you have the time, you can watch my name link and how Freemasonry is driving all these “events”.



    Gadaffi, when his castle was ransacked unearthed, in the first news reports, Masonic Regalia.



    His handshake with Gordon said so much.



    Freemasonry requires that one believes in a God, disnae matter what God as the object is to change the God that is worshipped.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    I`ve always been sceptical about the power of freemasonry.


    Now,not so sure.


    I remember hearing that Charles is the first heir to the throne who is not a mason.


    Might explain some of the travails he has been subjected to by the press.


    Unlike his predecessors who were better protected.


    Just a thought.

  16. macjay1,



    It is important to realise that Freemasonry is just the access point, there are even more occultic groups that are a lot more nefarious, the symbols are always all the same – Babel is that reason.



    To my Friend, And I mean that sincerely, setting free the bears.



    Even the Native Americans were involved with Mystery Religions… the similarities are always binding and the education has always been about concealing not revealing.





    It is widely accepted that most of Americas founding fathers were Freemasons, they arrived well after the Christian Pilgrims who were genuinely escaping persecution by organised religion.





    What sickens me the most, and I am not making excuses or passing the buck here but, these chants which were all but extinct only came back when “they” started all this BJK and Famine stuff and the polis, sfa & polititions did absolutly nothing about it.



    I know for a fact that some thought that if “them” could do it why can´t we.



    A vicoius circle.



    I´m really peeed off with it all.

  18. EBM-ElectroBhoy2500 – We are all Neil Lennon! Glasgow Rangers is the sporting icon for loyalist bigots. says:


    14 November, 2011 at 05:33



    Resources have been utilised to set up these football policing units



    Results are expected



    What a farce it all is, a total sham, this is what happens when tabloids dictate how valuable resources are wasted on populist right wing nonsense

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Yes,looks as if we`ve been suckered.


    Tell you what ,tho`,when I see and hear the rabid opponent,blue or maroon I can understand the feeling of a need to retaliate.


    I feel like doing it myself.


    And I`m in Oz.

  20. setting free the bears says:


    14 November, 2011 at 00:28


    Mr. Stimpson



    Simple Question. How far are you willing to take appeasement?






    I agree to an extent but I feel that this is too risky a tactic for PL to feel confident that he can control the outcomes. I tend to discount conspiracies as I find stupidity is a more plausible explanation in most circumstances.



    If PL had wanted Uefa to fine us for offensive or political singing, he could have asked for a judgement ages ago. Why now?



    If Uefa had been minded to find our songbook objectionable, they have had many opportunities to do so from myriad hun complaints previously. This one from Plod is just the latest in a sad misguided line. I felt the Police had reinforced an unwarranted stereotype for stupidity when they decided to specify BOTOB. However, if they have, indeed, cited Paddy McCourt’s Fenian Army as a discriminatory chant, then the stereotype will have gained further currency (apologies to Kingoh, McTall and other Celtic minded polis but your “superiors” ( better to call them senior officers) are letting you guys down big time.



    I no longer think we are living in interesting times. I think we are in farcical times.









    I was not alluding to this being a conspiracy.



    More an opportunity.



    A conspiracy would suggest, to me anyway, some involvement prior to the rediculous Strathclyde Hun Cop/ers with those in the PLC. That in my view would be collusion. That I am not willing to accept.



    But!!! Now the reporting has been orchestrated by House and his mob of Whataboutery Nutty Coppers do I believe Celtic are prepared to step and gather the support of the establishment and put a fighting case to UEFA at a time when they have been asking the support to refrain from singing songs.



    No. I dont and anyone who is daft enough to think they will is, errrmm for want of a better word, DAFT.




  21. Top of the morning to you all from a still and mild Fife where the roseate sky has to be seen to be believed.



    I await with interest the further revelations about the offensive singing that Glasgow’s finest were so put out about that they contacted Uefa.



    We live in interesting times indeed.



    Are they in administration today?








    Sorry about the previous post,clicker playing up.



    Must say,folks,just read through the nightshift-after my own nightshift-and it was back to it’s best.



    Controversial and educational,funny and,well,interesting.



    Maybe there’s a lot to be said for international weekends after all!

  23. Morning All, the Sunday Express trying to get our manager forced out, by the sound of it, over the Zenden thing. Not even going to read the article, the headline on NewsNow was enough.



  24. Morning all from gay Paree, lovely bright morning.



    When does the fitba season start up again?


    These international breaks are torture.




    14 November, 2011 at 07:44














    At the risk of incurring the wrath of AWE NAW,from today’s Daily Record.





    Ex-referee Eddie Smith revealed as the police officer who sparked UEFA probe into Celtic fans’ songs



    Nov 14 2011 Exclusive by Keith Jackson




    Eddie Smith



    The senior cop who complained to UEFA about IRA chanting at Parkhead was former top-flight referee Eddie Smith.



    Strathclyde Police have confirmed that the former whistler was the match commander who reported “several instances of offensive singing” to the delegate who attended Celtic’s recent 3-1 Europa League win over French outfit Rennes.



    And Record Sport understands Superintendant Smith has also issued similar black marks against a section of the club’s supporters to domestic delegates from the SPL.



    Ironically, Smith’s career in big-time football began to peter out after two controversial incidents in matches between Celtic and St Mirren in the space of five months in 2008.



    In February of that year he outraged then Saints boss Gus MacPherson with the award of a last-gasp free-kick from which Shunsuke Nakamura fired the winner to keep Gordon Strachan’s side on track for a third successive title.



    Then, on flag day the following season, a furious MacPherson claimed Smith winked at him from the pitch after awarding Celtic a controversial matchwinning penalty and sending off St Mirren defender Will Haining.



    But his latest big decision could see Celtic dragged up to UEFA’s dock to face possible punishment on December 8.



    Celtic are preparing their response to UEFA and have confirmed they are “looking into the claims”, which are believed to centre on songs about the IRA.



    But behind the scenes they have been surprised at Smith’s involvement, describing his actions as “unprecedented”.



    This, however, has been shot down by the police who have described his post-match debriefing with the delegate as the accepted protocol.



    A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said: “For Eddie to speak to the delegate after the match is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, it is standard practice.



    “We can confirm there were a number of instances during the game of singing offensive songs and inquiries are ongoing to detect the offenders.”



    The club are understood to have been taken by surprise by the action from UEFA, who have not confirmed what charge Celtic may face or when any disciplinary hearing may take place.



    A Celtic Park source said: “This is quite unprecedented as no issues were raised to the club during the match and the police didn’t inform us directly about their concerns.”



    Celtic last month urged fans to stop singing pro-IRA chants after being “inundated” with complaints from their own supporters following their 2-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle.



    Lothian and Borders Police launched an investigation into the “singing of sectarian songs” following the game on October 2.



    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “Chants glorifying the Provisional IRA are totally unacceptable.



    “We have dealt with it at Celtic Park and we will do all we can to make sure it doesn’t happen home or away.”



    Possible UEFA sanctions include fine and ban on supporters.





    Perhaps we might use his REPEATED reporting of the fans as a means of forcing referees to list their allegiances and memberships?



    After all,it appears that other match commanders have heard nothing of this nature. So why did he?



    I hardly think he can be viewed as impartial,which is one thing all police officers MUST be……

  27. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again



    Jack Irvine’s Media House are ramping up the negative stories about Celtic…..Media House work extensively for the huns.



    What is very clear is the forces of hundom in its many forms…….along with a compliant and complicit media….are pulling out all the stops to show Celtic up in a bad light.



    This is happening wherever they feel Celtic has an Achilles heel…..whether it be Peter Lawwell or certain songs….they’re doing their best to attack Celtic and divide the Support at every opportunity.



    CQN is one of the most influential Celtic forums on the net….as a consequence it is a prime target for the trolls whose modus operandi is transparently clear… undermine and divide the Celtic Support and create dissension……but only if we let them.



    The thing to remember is this…..the more they do it….the more you can be sure the huns tax case is going very badly for them…..and they are endeavouring to divert attention away from this.



    Isn’t that right Jack!

  28. How does this UEFA thing work?



    What’s the procedure?



    Do Celtic get presented with details of the accusations?



    Do they get to state a defence?



    More worryingly, will they bother?

  29. If there’s one thing you can say about the GB is that they’re not big fans of repetition. They start a song, do it til they get a response from the crowd or they’ve had enough of it and move onto the next one. As soon as I heard the news report it as several instances of ‘offensive signing’ I knew that “Paddy McCourt’s Fenian Army” must have been included. Which is laughable.



    If you didn’t know any better you’d suspect that somebody was presenting a test case to show that actually we (as a group of fans) don’t sing anything that’s likely to bring disciplinary action.



    However, we know that’s not the case. In some respects this might be a welcome move. It’s a first offence and if UEFA do find anything they’d like to punish us for it should be a warning and nothing more. What it would do is set down exactly what they had a problem with and why and that’s one of the things that’s been missing from the whole debate. Somebody prepared to state what’s ‘offensive’ and why. If that was clear I’m fairly certain most would abide by it or be able to present a clear case as to why it’s not.

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