A Premier League striker has been arrested on suspicion of tax scandal relating to up to £1.1 million.
A statement from HM Revenue & Customs revealed that a husband and wife were arrested during an investigation into a suspected tax fraud of over £1 million.
They were interviewed and then released – with the footballer also accused of evading tax on his income.
According to the BBC, Brighton striker Glenn Murray and his wife Stacey were arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of evasion of tax on income and VAT – as well as cheating the revenue system.
According to the report, Murray saw his computers, business and personal records taken away during the investigation.
While the couple were released under ongoing investigation – the news will still do no good in ending the public criticism of footballers and tax-related affairs.
Manager Harry Redknapp, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Mascherano are all among names to be involved with court battles relating to their earnings in recent years.
Murray has been Brighton’s top scorer this season – hitting seven goals as the Seagulls currently sit in 16th place in their first season of Premier League football, one point above the relegation zone.
The 34-year old should still be available for Saturday’s trip away to Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the FA Cup, but the news will come as a blow to Chris Hughton and his side, with doubts now surely set to circulate over Murray’s short-term future.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena