West Ham United and Newcastle United are under investigation for a suspected tax and National Insurance fraud, according to exclusive reports in SkySports News HQ.
Reports understand that HM Revenue and Customs officers raided the training ground and offices of Magpies and Hammers on Wednesday morning at 6.30am.
Newcastle have reached promotion to the Premier League with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Preston at St James’ Park two days ago.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, who has worked closely with chairman Mike Ashley, has been arrested as well as “several men working within professional football industry for suspected of income tax and national insurance fraud”.
An official statement read: “HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud”.
“180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today. Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.
“The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made arrests and several locations have been searched in France.
“This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences. As this is an ongoing investigation HMRC is unable to provide any further detail at this time.”