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. ElDiegoBhoy says:


    13 November, 2011 at 19:31



    I will cut you a deal.


    I will leave you to make your own judgements on the acceptibility of what any individual posts on this eclectic site. You might do the same for me.




  2. Gone are the days of heavyweight (and heavy paid) sports journalists, all we have now is jumped up spotty wannabees.



    The old saying, if you pay peanuts…..

  3. Thanks for the replies.


    I googled the song (pardon my ignorance gents, really) Read it line over line.


    The only sniff I could get was England being a monster!


    Honestly can’t for the life of me think how it could be.


    I am neutral on this gents.


    As I say, not poking any cages with a jobby stick!!

  4. TET



    It’s the headline that grabs attention, the content is half truths and lies.


    I do not remember “The move came after chanting by some Hoops fans during a minute’s silence for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks” where does that come from.



    The aspect that I was concerning was how did he come by the information the the plod reported Celtic to UEFA? who told him?



    It’s a new development.

  5. rimtimtim says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:32



    I took a different opinion from the game.



    McGeady has become an automatic pick since leaving Celtic, however on Friday we saw the exact same Aiden that played for Celtic over a year ago.



    Flashes of brilliance and lunacy in the same run or the same move.



    A brilliant touch, beats his man then head down and off he goes into the corner of the park where 3 men are already in close proximity resulting in him being tackled.



    He runs with his head down as much as he ever did and while he does that he will always be nearly world class.



    On a separate matter, Estonia had a shot that whisked past the top corner in the 1st half..



    Shay Givens movement in the 4 seconds which preceeded that were totally world class.



    The second the ball had left the attackers foot, he had the presence of mind to take 1 step forward before immediately diving to his right.



    The ball was wide in the end, but that step forward meant had it been a fraction lower and to the right – he had it covered.



    How often have we seen bumbling keepers watch the flight of the ball in order to decide on where they are diving to. In fact id say most do it.



    It was just one of those innocuous moments no one in my company had even noticed, that when after I saw it I just thought that epitomised the difference between the good and the great.



    What a keeper – thanks Lou Macari

  6. Kilbowie Kelt 19 34



    Who are ” We ” and which “professions ” do we ” dominate ” ?

  7. All you Bhoys who are frustrated at the SNP with the publicising of info that records were destroyed with regards data the section 74 data I implore you to get writing to your MSP as well as your MP and councillor. Copy in Alex Salmond and David Cameron.



    As Barrack Obampot said you can find templates on the CST site here:



    CST templates.



    C’mon Bhoys and Ghirls. It’ll take 30 minutes of your time.




  8. Barrach Obampot says:



    13 November, 2011 at 17:02



    Sorry, I only just noticed your post. Thank you for the info. At the time of the Christine Grahame committee hearing I contacted Duncan McNeill MSP who very courteousy replied that the Bill was a distraction and an irrelevance.



    I also contacted Christine G but she did not reply. This seems to be policy for Ministers – I sent several e-mails to Mr McCaskill seeking clarification after the LCF but, to date, he has not replied to any.

  9. Som mes que un club on

    Alongside any Trinity Mirror Group hacks, this idiot should also be told where to go.



    Totally sick to the pit if my stomach of his pathetic, subliminal crap.



    This @rse really does believe his own self importance.




    My Times column tomorrow: Celtic have wallowed in Uefa’s repeated censuring of Rangers for bigoted chanting. Well, now it is Celtic’s turn.

  10. South Of Tunis says:


    13 November, 2011 at 19:56



    Kilbowie Kelt 19 34



    Who are ” We ” and which “professions ” do we ” dominate ” ?

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Kilbowie Kelt says:


    13 November, 2011 at 19:34



    Agree with almost everything you say.


    I am reliably informed that at the start of the 20th century, there were no Catholics at Glasgow Uni.


    There were no Catholic foremen because a foreman was required to have had an education.


    Our ( Catholic ) forefathers saw education as the principal means of improving our lot.


    Not boxing or football,the other traditional ways of getting out of the ghetto.

  12. There is one way to remove the press and secret agents ability to put us in the dock.



    Stop singing the songs that that club have asked the fans not to sing.



    Eng Of.




  13. Barrach Obampot on

    MWD good man!



    There’s some other stuff being organised and will let you know as soon as.



    ULTR if you’re lurking. I’ve emailed you via Paul67 about the police harassment of the Green Brigade. It might be of help hopefully.




  14. Som mes que un club says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:01




    I tweeeted him straight away to explain who he meant by Celtic, did he mean the club , all the fans or some of them or just anyone? No reply from the short arsed popinjay.

  15. The WE I was talking about are the Irish incomers to Scotland.



    I may be wrong, would not be the first time, but teaching, medical, legal,..indeed any field you want to name, now has a huge representation of the Irish community.


    My own family have all managed to forge a future for themselves where their grandparents would not have been allowed in the door.

  16. Mick



    It’s amaturish politics gone mad, the smear campaign is only starting, when the hun goes bust and they will the media will need someone to vent their spleen on, who better than those they already hate.


    It’s not going to be over in a few weeks that some jurno’s are saying, this is going to be a drawn out insolvency.


    It will be interesting to see what other things are let out of the box, and what will be done about them, or will we see a cover up to dwarf all cover ups.


    Can I say dwarf, is that allowed ????



    The show is only begining.

  17. Seville67 says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:04



    You can also argue there is also only one way to remove the sectarian violence – do what they want and over 300k scots move to Ireland.



    End of…..?

  18. Kilbowie Kelt says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:09



    That doesn’t amout to domination though, does it?

  19. ernie lynch



    Your earlier post re the church of England has got me thinking, a dangerous pastime for me, I hasten to add.



    Can you explain why you think , I presume you meant the Government, they want to do that, Thanks Por cierto.

  20. lennon's passion on

    Kilbowie Kelt says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:09



    Got to agree mate,since the boats sailed and or ancestors landed on these shores.We have top people in all professional fields.Would never happened years ago even got a mp walking about with Celtic tops on.

  21. 1. fritzsong says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:01


    Barrach Obampot says:


    13 November, 2011 at 17:02


    I got the following and responded as below:



    Dear Big Nan, Please find attached a pdf reply to your recent correspondence to the Scottish Government.



    Many thanks





    Mary Keane



    Scottish Government


    Equality Unit


    Area 2G(south)


    Victoria Quay




    EH6 6QQ



    Pdf read:


    “Thank you for your e-mail of 21 March to Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for


    Justice, regarding offensive singing and chanting at the Old Firm match on 20 March 2011.


    As a society we must stand united in combating all forms of bigotry, discrimination and


    sectarianism and that is exactly what we are doing in Scotland. The Scottish Government


    supports the police in taking action to clamp down on all unacceptable behaviour both at


    football grounds and outside the grounds. This has already resulted in numerous arrests


    and the imposition of football banning orders for inappropriate singing and chanting. Such


    conduct will not be tolerated and we will work with all partners to ensure that those who


    perpetrate such acts do not escape punishment.



    As you are aware, the First Minister hosted a Football Summit Meeting on 8 March between


    the Scottish Government, Strathclyde Police, football clubs and authorities to reduce the


    significant levels of violence and disorder associated with Old Firm games and the summit


    led to the signing of a joint statement.



    A Joint Action Group was formed representing all those who were present at the summit to


    take forward actions and report to Ministers. The Group recognises that the alcohol misuse,


    sectarianism, racism, domestic abuse and violence is unacceptable. It will look at ways to


    support the work by the football authorities, clubs, and the police, working with communities


    to address this inappropriate behaviour, included bigoted singing and chanting.



    Yours sincerely,


    Mary Keane


    Race, Religion and Refugee Integration”



    I replied:



    “Dear Mary, the message you sent in reply to my e-mail and letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice is a disgrace and you should feel ashamed to be associated with such obfuscation.



    I will write again to Mr MacAskill in the slim hope that he may be shamed into making an honest response.



    Your works title is obviously a misnomer. Perhaps Platitudes Unit might be a better name because that is what you are dealing in mealy mouthed words that in no way answer the questions I asked.



    Do you not feel embarrassed by being party to this?



    Yours sincerely,”



    She responded:



    “The Cabinet Secretary for Justice has never condoned the singing or chanting of bigoted or abusive songs. He has made it clear that there is no justification whatsoever for such conduct either within or outwith football grounds. The Cabinet Secretary’s remarks related to the good behaviour displayed by players and management who made the League Cup Final itself an exciting match for all sports fans. In addition, the Cabinet Secretary was keen to praise those genuine fans that took a stance by refusing to participate in abusive songs and chants and who are genuinely passionate about our national sport and committed to their club.



    As I mentioned in my letter of 01 April, the Scottish Government fully supports the police in taking action to clamp down on all unacceptable behaviour, including the singing of bigoted songs, and the imposition of football banning orders. The Joint Action Group, who will report back to Ministers before the beginning of the next football season, is considering a range of issues, including abusive singing and chanting, so that sport can again be a force for good in society.



    Mary Keane”



    I wrote to MacAskill again asking him to explain—in simple terms—how he could justify his remarks after the CIS Cup Final. I am still waiting on his response.



    I also wrote in similar terms to Campbell Corrigan and the Police Board but got similar guff to the above that dodged the question asked.



    So do we stop complaining because it annoys them and provokes them to get revenge?



    I say no but can see why others might give up.



    As a matter of fact I met my MSP this weekend to complain about the shredding by COPFS and the proposed new bill.



    If the Sun story is true I will be seeing him again to ask why the Glasgow police have never acted on my complaints when thousands are singing proscribed songs (which the police readily admit happens) but now act by contacting UEFA when they should be doing their duty.



    I smell Dallas in all of this–if it is true! The revenge of wee Shug from Bonkle?

  22. lennon's passion on

    ernie lynch says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:18



    We don`t want to dominate,we just want to get on with our lives.

  23. Por Cierto says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:18



    I imagine the C of E leadership would like it, the Government would like it and the heir to the throne would like it.



    Speaking of whom, it would strain credulity a bit for Charles, with all that we know about him, to be the head of a church.



    Not that he’s any worse than his mother, it’s just that we know about his peccadilloes, hers are still kept under wraps, up to a point.

  24. OK, Ernie. I will accept that ‘domination’ was excessive.


    I will replace it with ‘play a major part in’.



    Is that acceptable ?

  25. ernie lynch says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:24


    Por Cierto says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:18



    I imagine the C of E leadership would like it, the Government would like it and the heir to the throne would like it.



    Speaking of whom, it would strain credulity a bit for Charles, with all that we know about him, to be the head of a church.



    Not that he’s any worse than his mother, it’s just that we know about his peccadilloes, hers are still kept under wraps, up to a point.





    did michael fagan no have a wee peek at them?

  26. lennon’s passion says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:24


    ‘ernie lynch says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:18



    We don`t want to dominate,we just want to get on with our lives.’





  27. Kilbowie Kelt says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:25



    Delete major and replace with proportionate and we’ve got a deal.

  28. good evening cqn


    off subject i was visiting a friend of mine in the H C I hospital clydebank today he had a hip replacement,his second,the first one on his right leg was the R A H Paisley,He said, from operation,through care to food,at H C I was 100 per cent better,and walking through the hospital it is like a 5 star Hotel,useless information i know.I feel it is some good news,with all this talk of administration, Liquidation,of the forces of darkness.

  29. paulsatim is neil lennon says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:27




    If the stories are true, it’s a bit more than that.

  30. Barrach Obampot on

    fritzsong your MSP is right in one respect that its “a distraction”, a distraction from the real issue of anti-Catholicism and anti-Irish racism!



    Funnily enough my own MSP has yet to respond to my concerns about the deleted COPFS data and the Offensive Behaviour Bill. I’ll keep at him until he does.



    He has admitted to me previously that it is not a sectarian problem we have in this country but a racist one, which is why the destruction of the requested COPFS data is so sinister. It is a deliberate attempt to destroy the evidence that proves it, and is why we all should be kicking up a stink about this. If anyone hasn’t contacted their MSP about this then please do now. As MWD says it’ll only take a few minutes.



  31. lennon's passion on

    whitecrook tim says:


    13 November, 2011 at 20:29



    Was in a few months back and they put me up over night,no mini bar,no sky sports and the room air condition didn’t work.Apart from that nice hospital :))

  32. The Singing Detective at 19:47


    German thugs were for sure Antifa members. It’s interesting that they all were wore in black, with covered faces. Scary pitures from the streets of Warsaw. They were here on invitation of Polish lefties. Country is in shock since Friday. It’s sad giggle of the history.




    Glasgow University Catholic Chaplaincy history is a story of growth and development throughout the 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century only a minority of students were Catholic. Socio-economic progress and access to secondary education in the decades that followed enabled more Catholics to enter third level education. As the number of Catholic students grew, the need for support was recognized. The Chaplaincy, as we know it today, has its origins in the Old Aloysian Boys’ Sodality formed in 1910 and in the Catholic Women’s Association, set up in 1918.

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