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. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Has the Scottish media got round to name-checking A Father’s Advice or Build My Gallows yet as songs that ‘cause offence’?



    If not, we can only assume they find such songs acceptable. We know they have no problem with sectarian songs from Rangers supporters – unlike UEFA…

  2. Fe·ni·an   /ˈfiniən, ˈfinyən/ Show Spelled[fee-nee-uhn, feen-yuhn] Show IPA




    1.a member of an Irish revolutionary organizationfounded in New York in 1858, whichworked for the establishment of an independentIrish republic.


    2.(in late Irish legends) a member of a group of warriors always ready to defend Ireland against its enemies.



    Must be the word Paddy that is causing all the fuss!

  3. LiviBhoy says:



    14 November, 2011 at 10:14



    But is reporting back to UEFA part of his police remit?



    Did he make a similar report to Celtic, his superiors, the Scottish government?



    For how long has Strathclyde Police been submitting reports to UEFA?



    Does every police force in Europe do this or does it happen only in Glasgow?

  4. Bamboo and Kevjungle



    I just don’t think its systemic anywhere. sure you’ve got guys like chick young, Craig burley et al. But for actually reporting news about us? I rarely (not to say never) see outright bias against us. just my perception of it that’s all!

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – I am not having a laugh. I don’t like the song. Just my opinion. Would be glad if I never heard it again but not because some wee polis is doing his masters bidding, but because I think it is crap.

  6. Was he employed with the Police force and also being paid by UEFA to ‘report’?


    Did he pay his taxes?


    Do UEFA pay Police forces for match reports?


    Are the police forces allowed/encouraged to submit reports to third parties?

  7. fritzsong says:


    14 November, 2011 at 10:30



    I completely agree. I was being pedantic.



    Rangers player is arrested for sectarian singing. Celtic get reported to UEFA. Sounds like the bill is at work already. Even things up!



    It provides an opportunity for Celtic to ask UEFA what is acceptable to sing or chant.


    I can’t believe I even said that. What is happening in this country?




  8. Of course, we might just beat the rap.


    How funny would that be!


    Paddy McCourt song, now officially sanctioned by UEFA.


    Eat that huns!

  9. ernie lynch @ 9 58 –



    UEFA meetings are conducted in a variety of languages —- depends on who is there . Translators are used.



    One of Sion’s many problems with UEFA relates to Sion attending a Disciplinary Hearing at UEFA HQ. Sion allege that the participants at the Hearing spoke different languages and in consequence of that several translators were present . The Disciplinary Hearing related to the dispute between UEFA and Sion in respect of the meaning of the relevant time ban on Sion being able to sign players.



    Sion claim that the Hearing was very complex, complicated and involved much debate about the meaning of certain words. Sion allege that the Hearing lasted @ 2 hrs . Sion allege that UEFA were able to produce a 12 page document summarizing the proceedings and giving a verdict within 15 minutes of the Hearing ending . That document was in French . Sion claim that not 1 of the 3 man Disciplinary Committee spoke French .



    Sion argue that such a document about such a complex and complicated affair could not have been produced in 15 minutes . .



    They cite it in support of their claim that they were never given a fair trial by UEFA.

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    hen1rik: 14 November, 2011 at 10:42



    “Lads did peter lawell not guarantee at the AGM we will get rid of these songs?”



    What songs?

  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    I’m happy to take Zenden’s word over SCUM like lawwell every day of the week

  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    I am pretty sure there are sound reasons why one requires 4 As and a B at Higher to get into Law School, while Police Officers need only pass the Standard Entrance Test.



    Example SET questions follow:



    A rugby stadium holds 36,000 spectators. The ratio of police to spectators is to be 1 : 180. How many police officers will be needed?



    Underline the word which best completes each sentence.


    The finder was advised to take the umbrella to the lost —————– office.


    propperty proparty property propety



    To the nearest round number, what is your Body Mass Index multiplied by your Lodge number?

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    14 November, 2011 at 10:50


    I’m happy to take Zenden’s word over SCUM like lawwell every day of the week



    Oh dear. That is a very harsh statement.




  14. South Of Tunis says:


    14 November, 2011 at 10:43



    It’s difficult not to have sympathy with Sion.



    There case though was different in that that they were challenging UEFA head on, whereas we aren’t.



    I’d like to think that the people sitting in judgement, whilst they might not understand the linguistic, social, political and historic nuances at play will at least be aware of our reputation for good natured and sportsmanlike behaviour over the decades and consider any ambiguities in the case against us with that in mind.

  15. Strikes me UEFA are being led up a very dodgy road by the Scottish establishment. If Celtic are punished for political chants then they would have to reign in many e.g.



    St Pauli




    All of Eastern Europe


    England – Dambusters ets with visuals


    goes on and on and on






    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – I am not having a laugh. I don’t like the song. Just my opinion. Would be glad if I never heard it again but not because some wee polis is doing his masters bidding, but because I think it is crap





    My best mate is sitting on the opposite couch,watching paranormal stuff.






    When I came downstairs last night,he was watching some video channel devoted to girl bands.






    Did I tell you he’s an uber-hun?



    Point is,your point is as valid as mine-we can disagree and still be on the same side.

  17. RogueLeader says:


    14 November, 2011 at 09:56


    The Police being used to aid a governments failing bill….



    Yeah, that hasn’t happened before.



    Why are we surprised?


    Exactly,Eddie Smith is a convenient pawn in this game,given his background.I wonder if he might be in line for a pension boosting promotion now ,before he retires?

  18. How silly do I feel – on my 40’s and just worked out that I’ve not been going to watch a football team every week but a social gathering of people playing out ancient battles. ( I thought that was the domain of our less enlightened neighbours)



    I was at the game v Rennes and every other game this season and I heard the support singing songs that the club have specifically asked the fans not to sing.



    So is that Eddie Smith’s fault ? or the Biassed Scottish Press for reporting it ? – or UEFA – they must be full of Huns ?


    There can be excuses until the post count hits 10,000 – the fact is if the fans stopped singing the songs that the club asked us not to sing then this would not be a story.




    Get real guys. Reading the blog I thought I’d make a mistake and signed on to follow follow where the mentality of ” A big boy did it and ran away” has ruled for many years.



    I am personally embarrassed to see the sky ticker saying Celtic on UEFA charge.



    We as a support are giving them the option to write about something other than the Rangers Tax Case – more fool us.




  19. hen1rik says:


    14 November, 2011 at 10:42


    ‘Lads did peter lawell not guarantee at the AGM we will get rid of these songs?’




    My concern is that he could be bloody minded enough to roll over to UEFA just to get one over on the support.



    Suppose UEFA throw out the charges? Does that strenthen or weaken his position, given his previous pronouncements on the issue?



    14 November, 2011 at 10:54



    I am not keen in the Paddy song either. I just think it’s cr@p.


    It’s not a catchy tune it’s more of a chant which is used commonly by diddy teams.


    I would prefer Celtic supporters to use the Junior Capo chant which is much more inspiring.


    I also saw a video of an American College Football match where they did Jump Around by House of Pain. Looks tremendous and something that the Green Brigade and fellow supporters could do. I think the team were Wisconsin.




  21. Seville67 says:


    14 November, 2011 at 10:55




    ‘I am personally embarrassed to see the sky ticker saying Celtic on UEFA charge.’




    Doubtless you would have been embarrassed by Bob Kelly refusing to take down the Tricolour.

  22. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again



    I would really like to know who the person was who made the original complaint re the so called offensive singing.



    Was it Eddie Smith or was it someone informing him of it?



    And does anyone else think Dallas may just quietly be involved in things as he’s still tied up with UEFA?



    Interesting too this has happened around the time of the Steven Craven SFA tribunal……..and with an appeal likely and Dallas likely to be called and cross examined by Paul McBride………well then………..

  23. Come to think of it every national anthem is usually offensive to non nationals of that country… a dodgy road to go down

  24. Ernie Lynch



    Actually no.



    for a day you have been doing exactly what you just did – refuse to face the truth by raising a stupid point.



    you did it last night with players blessing themselves.



    I think you are scared of the real issue.





    BADA BING 1054



    More likely that he’ll be allowed to keep the pension.



    Just another uncle tom when the mortgage was called into question.

  26. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – Mate, I don’t see the point in your post.



    I am well aware we can have different opinions. Remember you are the one who said that I must be “having a laugh” because my opinion differed from yours…..

  27. Seville67 says:


    14 November, 2011 at 11:00



    ‘Actually no.’




    I don’t believe you.

  28. this whole UEFA business absolutely stinks, its funny how the cops have suddenly started acting upon alleged ‘sectarian’ chanting when they’ve been quietly ignoring actual sectarian songs and chants for years; after all this is a police force that asked the Orange Order to “leave the bigotry at home” this marching season……arse and elbow comes to mind.

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