West Ham’s debut season at the London Stadium has certainly not been boring, with off-field issues now taking centre stage.
The Hammers’ facilities at the London Stadium were raided by HMRC this morning, as part of a widespread investigation into tax fraud in football.
A statement issued by HMRC revealed 180 officers had been deployed in England and France to investigate, with newly-promoted Newcastle United also raided.
Suggestions on Twitter had emerged to suggest the investigations centre around particular transfer dealings recently, which led to many fans on social media speculating.
The name of Dimitri Payet was regularly brought up by fans following the Frenchman’s sale to Marseille in January, as it would go hand-in-hand with the British police’s presence in France.
West Ham have also issued a statement where they said they will help HMRC with their investigations but fans on the outside will have to wait to hear any further details.
@ExWHUemployee Relating to Payet for sure.
— Steve (@SrHack123) April 26, 2017
@ExWHUemployee HMRC analysing why we heavily overpaid for Snodgrass & Fonte?
Or maybe Sulli's over use of favourite agents???
— Sheriff (@sherrriff) April 26, 2017
@ExWHUemployee Please don't go shy and hold back on this, fans deserve to know everything as soon as! Thanks Ex!
— Total West Ham (@TotalWestHam) April 26, 2017
@ExWHUemployee Arthur transfer must be one of them has we paid 6m but got told 2m went missis
— ⚒ ian ⚒ (@IANL80s) April 26, 2017
@ExWHUemployee Strange how the two clubs are both clubs sam was manager an how he said you can get away with stuff when england manager knew it was coming
— brian savage (@sausage196) April 26, 2017
— Ball Boy (@ballboy69) April 26, 2017
@ExWHUemployee Is this anything to do with payet? French and British?