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. Barrach Obampot says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:02



    I’m loadin up, can you remember how far it is into the programme that Lou’s on ?



    HH and thanks

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    I hope so, at least meeting in the pub. I was hoping to be back to Poland on Monday but had to change the plans. I drove to Nijmigen and Eindhoven and stayed in Wijchen. Back home late on Friday.

  3. Paul67 et al



    So the Chief Inspector is trying to turn up the heat. Using a secret, possible double agent he intends to put us in the dock. As in London, he decides to jump into bed with the press, to prosecute us through them, and although it is not known if money changed hands, there are suggestions that it may have, and not for the first time. Where does that leave both of them? I am not at liberty to say.

  4. The Battered Bunnet says:


    13 November, 2011 at 16:28








    Nup. The language is all wrong.’






    ‘or similar sentiments?’



    It was commonplace, as you know perfectly well.

  5. Lennybhoy…Supporting Neil Lennon and CFC until I die says:


    13 November, 2011 at 16:56




    I am afraid I am the bearer of bad news,bt ,did not pass on your condolences


    to kit as bt’s face was buried in Guinness all afternoon.



    Give me a shout next time,I don’t partake of the alcohol and will pass on


    any message tout suite.

  6. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:08



    brief answers to your questions,



    I attended the FAC meeting yesterday as a supporter of the opposition to the new proposed bill, i also did not run away when some bad huns turned up yesterday.



    I just don’t recognise the picture of Scotland painted by some posters



    I was at mass today, the catholics i know don’t recognise this portrayal below, which IMO is nonsense


    it’s a dangerous time for catholics/Irish in the best wee bigoted country in the world.



    As for the Neil Lennon verdict of course it was wrong, we will never know what took place in the Jury room, those from the legal profession who post on this site have espoused plausible theories as to why the verdict came about, is there a justice system in the world which hasn’t returned unfathomable verdicts.





    bamboo says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:20





    One to keep an eye on.



    Was that pathetic post directed at me?



    You got something to say? or you like to hide behind aw naw

  7. NegAnon2 says:



    13 November, 2011 at 16:42




    Have lived down in England for almost 30 years. There are problems here also although not of a sectarian nature.


    These are of a racist nature. They may not affect you or me as we are by skin part of the power class. They do affect many others especially in City areas. There is an increasing growth of community ghettos.



    There is a noticeable growth of English nationalism. Less tolerance of Scottish, and Irish than there was. It is not something that I feel I have “suffered”. I am usually very quick to put any small minded bigot down.



    I would happily move back home. I am in no rush though as I see our greatest wee country for what it is. I love coming home but equally happy to get back to Manchester after a few days.

  8. Barrach Obampot on

    gallagher its near the end. Apologies if you have to sit through Condoleeza Rice. Be warned, Blair is on straight after it, so if you don’t want to put your fist through the screen I suggest you pause as soon as the interview finishes.

  9. DubaiBhoy (nee LondonBhoy) says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:32




    These guys scare me ,they are always uber pwoud up to the swastika on their arms.



    Feckin head cases.

  10. Hun boy three in altar blues tribute.


    Menancing tones in a church should


    always be reported first the nearest vicar


    thereafter only their governing body.


    I find marshal boy bands Offensive.


    Career Poppyticians are Huns

  11. lionroars67 says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:44




    ‘As for the Neil Lennon verdict of course it was wrong, we will never know what took place in the Jury room, those from the legal profession who post on this site have espoused plausible theories as to why the verdict came about,’





    I don’t recall anyone with any sort of legal knowledge suggesting any explanation other than that the jury were sectarian bigots.



    The ‘explanations’ attempted by some were along the lines of ‘the jury didn’t realise they could delete the sectarian element from the assault charge so felt they had to acquit because the sectarian element wasn’t proved’. Those putting forward that line didn’t understand the case and were not from the legal profession.

  12. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on

    DubaiBhoy (nee LondonBhoy) says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:32





    Have you guys seen this nonsense?



    And they claim WE are paranoid?



    I see they’re now going after Stuart Cosgrove for a comment about Ian Durrant.











    Yes, the huns are going after Stuart Cosgrove for making a gag about Aberdeen renaming their stadium to the ‘Ian Durrant Stadium’.



    It was a gag cracked on ‘Off The Ball’ yesterday, the point of which being to illustrate Richard Gordon’s topic of anyone being able to pay enough for stadium naming rights and therefore have the stadium name dafter them e.g Durrant purchasing the Pittodrie naming rights and enforcing his name on them.



    You could read it as an anti-Aberdeen joke, geeting it right up their support’s hatred of the Huns, BUT hUns being Huns, it’s now a tut-tutting pursed-lips head-shaking offensive abhorrence, aime dsoleley at them…






    FollowFollow has an article devoted to it and a link to the BBC complaints site encouraigng Huns to attempt to get Cosgrove sacked.



    I would urge many of you out there to register your own complaints in your best Hunnic script to aid the poor offended luddite Bears who cannot work these complicate delectronic souped-up calculating machines.



    I already lodged a complaint as an example:



    ‘Stewurt Cozgrowv Daein Stuff aboot Durranty:



    Ahm uh Ranjuurs fan fae Glesgae an’ am pure beelin aboot that feenyin Cozgrowv sayin hings aboot Durranty an that yistirday aboot eberdeen namin theyre groond efter Durranty an he wis rite oot ae ordur an ah hink he shid be kiked oot the beebycee fur daein that.



    Yooz dinae unnerstand they tims get a laff ootay shyte like that an he wiz playin right intae thur hons.


    As a reprzentituv fir the ranjuurs ah wish tae mak an offishul comlaynt tae yir boss aboot thon feenyin tosser Cozgrowv an a hink yeez shid sack him the noo. Ahm full o dignity an britishness an that yin offends me like that yin lennon.



    Yiz is british an yiz shid be daein suhin aboot they eejits whit isna honorubl tae the poppy an that. like he wiz in a way cos it wis the 12th yistirday and jist efter the 11th an ah shoodnae huv tae here that pish .



    If yiz want tae kemn how much we is offendud jist see whit the bears is sayin oan the follae follae forum .com an that. We is yur lysense payers even tho wur club disnae pay tax like but wur support is guid dignity british loyalist and the beeb needs tae recognize us fur wur dignity an that.’



    You get the picture. Be creative; help a Hun.



    Here is the link. Happy complaining:



  13. Racist and fascist attitudes grow and harden during times of great economic uncertainty. People look for someone to blame. Some ignore the failings of capitalism and blame the victims.


    New Orleans after Katrina wasn’t such a safe city if you were black.



    Once again racist views need to be moderated out.

  14. leftclicktic says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:44



    Cheers and HH



    Barrach Obampot says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:51



    Condo and Bliar yup i’d rather miss them, good guess ;)



    thanks and HH

  15. The SQUAWKING has now arrived at it’s inevitable conclusion.The Mynah Bird which advocated ‘bigger & better bombs’ has now shown that there are NO boundaries to his fanatical bigotry


    .Thanks, Kojo.

  16. Lionsroar


    I was in Scotland for Edinburgh festival in 2009 and met up with my son +his American friend who were both wearing Celtic tops.


    The constant fenian B comments where un missable.They had been travelling around Scotland Aberdeen/Inverness/St Andrews and Stirling and had heard same comments everywhere.It’s not just a west coast problem.


    One of the name callers in Edinburgh did it a few feet from a policeman who looked at us and grinned.


    PS i asked my son not to wear in Scotland but he said he was not going to let them bother him.

  17. fan-a-tic says:



    13 November, 2011 at 18:14



    Last year I spoke to a Dunfermline grandmother who was taking her young grandson from the Forrest of Dean of on a visit to Edinburgh.



    She was horrified that in the short journey by train from Dunfermline to Edinbinburgh and back the 10-year old was openly insulted for wearing the hoops about five times.



    The lad was as baffled as she was as he knew nothing of this bigotry and only travelled to Celtic Park occasionally with his dad who grew up in Fife.



    The 75-year old thought that this sort of thing had died out.

  18. And Anither Thing..



    The Irish hiv bin Victims of .. BI-CULTURISM..



    It wiz thrust Upon them. By .. Cromwell.. way, way, back



    He hid A Loata Trouble wit the.. Tae Him.. Pesky Irish..






    Whit did he dae.?



    Why he introduced a Bunch of TARTAN KNECKED. SCOTSMEN..’



    Tae IRELAND..



    And Hey Presto..



    The Poor Irish wur Soon in the Thick of Their Troubles..



    Look…that Wiz only a wee Taste of Whit…



    TWO DIFFERNT CULTURES kin Dae tae a Country..



    It Ripped Ireland Apart fur… Well.. Three Hundred Years..and In the North



    It is Still Ripping Poor IrelAnd Apart..



    Wait till You Guys get a WeeTaste of Proper.. Multiiculturism..’



    And Ye kin Expect..



    The Balkanization of Great Britain…,



    and the Trouble is, Britain, is



    FAR TOO WEE a COUNTRY in AREA.. fur tae Pit up wi a Pluralistic Society..,


    and a Covey of Different Cultures and Beliefs.



    Thur Wull be Nae Place tae Run..



    When Multiculturism taks over there..






    Look, that is why is Scotland ,today..



    Folks of Irish descent..and IRISH CULTURE, which INCLUDES THE CATHOLIC RELIGION..has Suffered sae Much .. Discrimatory YEARS and YEARS..






    Like it or No..



    In Scdtland the Descendants of ther Irish Folk… wull NEVER NEVER fit in



    wi the Resident..,. SCOTTISH CULTURE… whichf is Entrenched and Disnae Want tae


    gie an Inch..



    Mak no mistake aboot it..



    You Catholics Guys … and Celtic Supporters..are a



    STRANGE WEED in the Scottish Gairden



    And like Ah said..



    In Scotland, up tae Noo.. ye had only..



    TWO SEPARATE.. but DISPARATE , Culture wise… in the same wee


    Plot of Land..



    Godot, Help You.. when.. The Real ..



    MULTICULTURISM gets Going..


    In yer wee Society..




  19. lennon's passion on

    Big Nan says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:24



    Have you ever abused a hun for wearing a rangers top.At the football doesn’t count.

  20. KOJO



    I really do love yer style and have to admit that the good ole US of A is certainly a place to get on, no doubt about that my friend.


    Right or wrong my old man said that Americans were a bastard nation in search of an identitiy and I’m inclined to agree with that thought.


    Howevva, they are decent folk but why do they insist on finding someone to blame all the time, it’s in theor nature. Gotta blame someone.


    When you point a finger remember that there are threefingers pointing back at you! Try it out.



    Trouble is the yanks have nae culture, IMO of course.



    Hail and hearty


    Hail Hail



    KINGLuBO who always has time for you¬!

  21. ernie lynch says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:02



    No surprise your personal dislikes get in the way of the truth



    As i recall relying on only one witness hearing John Wilson voicing sectarian words was criticised on here by posters from the legal profession



    fan-a-tic says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:14



    I don’t doubt the veracity of the anecdote



    I agree with Tom Devine whom i quote below, i dont believe we are living in fear, that is nonsense IMO



    Scots of Irish Roman Catholic descent finally achieved occupational parity with their fellow Scots in the 1990s, though this was nearly a full century after their Irish American cousins did so in the US. A large Catholic professional class, fully integrated into the life of the nation, has emerged over the past three decades. Indeed, the two current senior law officers in Scotland, charged with the implementation of anti-sectarian legislation, the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General, are both Roman Catholics. And there can be little doubt that Pope Benedict, on his visit to Scotland last year, was warmly welcomed by Scots of all denominations and none.



    The need now is to maintain that progress in order to combat remaining prejudice and bigotry, which is much more difficult to achieve than legislating for non-discriminatory employment practices.

  22. Why don´t we get back to discussing aspects of association football? That will make the visiting hunnies on this site feel uncomfortable in no time at all.



    I wasn´t expecting Aiden McGeady to get the nod for Ireland against Estonia, as I had heard Trapp. was a defensive coach. However it made sense in another way , as McGeady´s experience in the East European arena would be an advantage to any team.



    His cross from the edge of the box, after the wee shimmy reminiscent of tommy gemmell in Lisbon, was no fluke. He looked for the ongoing running player and floated in a high cross which the lad did really well to convert into goal.



    We do have talent in our part of the world. It disappoints me when it is overlooked by uptight short sighted narrow minded hypocrites. We in the Celtic camp should be singing his praises, because he learned his trade at Paradise. As Kojo used to say CONFIDENCE is the C word, not CONTROVERSY.



    We love you Celtic we do.

  23. The Battered Bunnet on




    I admire mountain bikers like yourself. Me? I love the mountains, and use the bike to get fit enough to climb them, but I will never be fit enough to get a damned bicycle up there. I tried it once, cycling from Rowardennan to Inversnaid. Near enough killed me, let alone the ride back. The pain in the wrists, elbows and hips from the battering lasted weeks. And at no point did the track get much more than 150m above the loch. Scooting down the road off Vorlich after a good climb is one thing, but getting the bike up beyond the track in the first place is quite another.



    As for the Celtic Symphony, it’s a piece of pure creation. Great stuff. Imagined. Conceived. Written down and beaten out. And wholly made up. All of it.

  24. Barrach Obampot says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:10



    As ever, you gotta wade through the kak to get to the pearls




  25. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    I wonder if the German media make reports on what the German Antifa thugs did last Friday in here?


    Two hundred arrested after big fights with the Polish police on Warsaw streets. One hundred of whole two arrested. They broke the March of Indepedence. Awful stuff.


    German Ambassador said sorry but I think big damage for the usual relations was done.

  26. lennon's passion on

    KINGLUBO says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:32



    Did you get the bug today after watching the Grand prix ::))))

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