Written by: Keith Tully
Published: 24th January 2018
The Premier League football player Glenn Murray and his wife Stacey have both been arrested as part of an HMRC investigation into possible tax fraud.
According to reports, the Murrays were visited at home on the morning of January 23rd before being arrested later that day.
The couple’s home in Sussex was apparently searched, with computers removed and personal records seized by the relevant authorities.
Mr Murray, who is 34 years old, plays football professionally for Brighton & Hove Albion and is currently the club’s leading goal scorer in the Premier League this season.
However, he and his wife are now part of an active HMRC investigation which is said to centre on a suspected £1.1 million tax fraud.
“HMRC officers arrested the man and woman at a residential property in Brighton yesterday morning (January 23 2018),” HMRC has said in official statements on the matter.
“The man was arrested on suspicion of evading Income Tax and VAT, and cheating the public revenue. The woman was arrested on suspicion of evading Income Tax, and cheating the public revenue.”
Both Mr Murray and his wife have been released but remain under investigation, HMRC went on to explain.
The former Crystal Palace and Rochdale footballer signed for his current club Brighton & Hove Albion from AFC Bournemouth in January 2017.
Brighton were promoted from the second tier of English football to the Premier League for the first time in their history at the end of the 2016/17 season.
HMRC investigators have repeatedly taken a close look at the tax affairs of footballers and the clubs that employ them in recent years.
Last year, Newcastle United Football Club, which now also plays in the Premier League, was investigated on the suspicion that it may have been guilty of evading tax liabilities through improper dealings with football players and their agents.
Giving evidence in court on the matter HMRC effectively accused Newcastle United of systematically abusing the UK tax system.
Earlier last year, it was revealed that HMRC has been investigating the channels through which high profile footballers are paid for their image rights, with the Revenue suspicious that they were being used as a means of avoiding tax liabilities.