Will it ever end for these two men?

The pair has already been charged with cheating the public revenue as part of a joint investigation between HMRC and the City of London police.

The charges relate to the transfer of footballer Amdy Faye from Auxerre to Portsmouth in 2003 but now it seems that HMRC are focussing on another transfer, this time relating to Eyal Berkovic.

Although the Crown Prosecution Service has refused to confirm the reports, it is believed that payments were made to an offshore bank account. HMRC believe this to be a deliberate attempt to avoid paying tax.

The CPS has said the new charges are likely to be added to the previous case which is due to be heard at Southwark Crown Court this Friday (28th May).

Solicitors for Milan Mandaric have vigorously denied the claims issuing a statement stating:-

“We are surprised and disappointed that the CPS brought this charge against Milan Mandaric. It is without any foundation whatsoever and it will be very robustly defended.

Mr Mandaric has devoted many years of his life to English football, first at Portsmouth and now at Leicester City.

We are confident that he will emerge from these events fully vindicated and with his reputation for integrity and plain dealing completely intact.”

Judging by the recent troubles Portsmouth have had with HMRC, it is clear that all transfers and payments from Portsmouth are under close scrutiny.

Come back for an update on Friday as Storrie and Mandaric, along with football fan favourite Harry Redknapp, face the first day of their tax evasion hearing.

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