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Carlos Tevez will appear in court on April 3 charged with driving offences

Tevez handed April court date after being charged with driving offences

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

17:41 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 13 March 2013

Carlos Tevez has been charged with driving offences and will appear in court next month.

The Manchester City striker arrived at a police station on Wednesday afternoon as he faces further issues with driving in England.

He has now been charged with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. He will appear at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court on April 3.

Tevez was arrested last week on
suspicion of driving while disqualified, having been banned in January
after pleading guilty to counts of failing to furnish information
relating to incidents in which one of his vehicles was caught speeding.

Visit: Carlos Tevez (pictured at the back of the people carrier) arrives at the police station

Visit: Carlos Tevez (pictured at the back of the people carrier) arrives at the police station

Visit: Carlos Tevez (pictured at the back of the people carrier) arrives at the police station

If found guilty of the latest alleged offence, Tevez could face a six-month prison term.

Earlier today, he arrived in the back of a black people carrier at Cheshire Constabulary Custody Suite in Middlewich.

Tevez will be represented in his driving case by a lawyer who Manchester City staff have dubbed ‘Merlin the Magician’ because of his immaculate record of defending the Barclays Premier League champions’ players from alleged motoring offences.

Tevez’s solicitor Gywn Lewis has been labelled a magician by the club because of his ability to make ‘many worrying cases disappear’, according to law firm Burton Copeland’s website.

Driving force: Carlos Tevez was at City's Carrington training base this afternoon

Driving force: Carlos Tevez was at City's Carrington training base this afternoon

Banned: Tevez was disqualified from driving for speeding offences

Banned: Tevez was disqualified from driving for speeding offences

The Manchester-based law firm’s
website says of the solicitor: 'In an area of law where detail is
paramount, “Merlin the Magician” as he is called by personnel at
Manchester City Football Club for whom he regularly acts, has made many
worrying cases disappear.'

Lewis
is also described by his employers as someone who, over the past 20
years, 'has concentrated on his passion for defending motorists' and
'has developed a track record of unrivalled success, ranging from minor
speeding, traffic light and mobile phone infringements to the most
serious cases of drink driving and death by dangerous driving.'

Former City stars Joey Barton, Shaun
Wright-Phillips and Danny Mills have written testimonials on Burton
Copeland’s specialist website drivingoffences.com

Dazzling: Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick in City's FA Cup tie against Barnsley

Dazzling: Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick in City's FA Cup tie against Barnsley

Wright-Phillips wrote: 'I had need to call upon the services of drivingoffence.com and in particular Gwyn Lewis.

'I can say that I am more than happy with the thoroughly professional way in which they brought my matters to a successful conclusion.'

Despite the alleged driving offence, City manager Roberto Mancini started Tevez in City's 5-0 FA Cup hammering of Barnsley on Saturday.

The Argentina forward scored a tremendous hat-trick and set up goals for team-mates Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva.

Cheick Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielders 75k car

Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielder’s 75k car

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

17:45 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 13 February 2013

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote will play in his side’s return to the Europa League on Thursday night despite his arrest on driving offences near the club training ground.

The Ivory Coast international, who returned from Africa Cup of Nations duties last week, was left by the side of the road by police officers after his 75,000 Chevy Camaro was taken away on a recovery truck as he was driving home from training.

The 60,000-a-week midfielder, who has had previous offences for driving without insurance and had a BMW seized by cops two years ago, could face penalty points or a ban for his latest brush with the law.

Give us a lift: Tiote with Toon team-mate Jonad Gutierrez

Feeling the cold: Papiss Cisse and Cheik Tiote in training on Wednesday

It's me that needs the lift: Cheick Tiote, with Jonas Gutierrez (left) and Papiss Cisse (right), trained on Wednesday, the day after he was arrested and his car was seized by Northumbria Police

Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle

Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle

Tiote was stopped by Northumbria Police officers near Newcastle's Benton ground after training on Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested on suspicion of fraud
relating to alleged driving offences. The black and white Chevy Camaro
was taken away on the back of a recovery lorry while Tiote watched.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said:
'At around 1.30pm on Tuesday, a car was stopped on Benton Park Road,
Newcastle, and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud in
relation to driving offences.’

In May 2011 Tiote’s BMWx6 was taken away from outside his home in Northumberland by police over non-payment of car insurance.

Newcastle are playing Metalist
Kharkiv in their last-32 Europa League tie at St James’s Park tomorrow
night and Tiote, who missed the weekend defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, is
expected to start as manager Alan Pardew looks to play his strongest
team against the Ukrainian outfit.

Rangers win tax appeal "in principle"

Murray vindicated as Rangers win tax appeal 'in principle' after majority verdict

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:43 GMT, 20 November 2012

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UPDATED:

09:49 GMT, 21 November 2012

The tribunal which heard Rangers' appeal over their bill for the use of Employee Benefit Trusts has delivered a majority verdict allowing it 'in principle'.

The tax tribunal stated that the 'controversial monies received by the employees were not paid to them as their absolute entitlement'.

Rangers had argued that the payments, thought to be close to 49million, had been loans rather than wages and not subject to tax.

No verdict on any sum that the oldco Rangers were liable for was included in the findings, but Sir David Murray's company welcomed the verdict as vindication of their stance.

'In principle': Rangers' appeal was accepted by a majority verdict at the tax tribunal

'In principle': Rangers' appeal was accepted by a majority verdict at the tax tribunal

Oldco Rangers had previously stated they could be liable for up to 75million but the tribunal ruled that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs assessment should be 'reduced substantially' with only some payments subject to tax.

'It was conceded that advances in favour of certain players are taxable and liable to NIC (National Insurance Contributions), and 35 we have found that, in certain other limited instances, there may be a similar liability.

'To that extent the assessments should stand. In these circumstances we expect that it is sufficient that we allow the appeal in principle.

Vindicated: Former Rangers director Paul Murray's company welcomed the news

Vindicated: Former Rangers director Paul Murray's company welcomed the news

'Parties can no doubt settle the sums due for the limited number of cases mentioned without further reference to the tribunal.'

Murray International Holdings, who were majority shareholders of the oldco club until Craig Whyte's takeover in May 2011, declared in a statement: 'We are satisfied that the Tax Tribunal has now published its widely awaited decision and note the contents thereof.

'We are pleased with the judgement which leaves minimal tax liability and overwhelmingly supports the views collectively and consistently held by our advisers, legal counsel and MIH itself.'

The decision does not affect the current football club at Ibrox, which was reconstituted as a new company when the oldco Rangers was consigned to liquidation in June.

New regime: Rangers' owner Charles Green

New regime: Rangers' owner Charles Green

MIH also called for an inquiry into the leaking of information surrounding the case.

A website devoted to the case won the Orwell Prize for blogging while a BBC documentary team won a Scottish BAFTA for their investigation into the payments.

The Murray statement continued: 'This has been an exceptionally long, difficult and expensive process involving not just the Tax Tribunal but also significant efforts to resolve the matter with senior HMRC officials on a commercially sensible basis for all parties.

'We will therefore review the detailed content of the decision with our advisers and legal counsel to ascertain what action, if any, is now required by MIH.

'While MIH has at all times respected the privacy of the Tax Tribunal proceedings, a substantial quantity of confidential information relating to the case has become available for public consumption stimulating considerable discussion and often ill-informed debate.

'This has been wholly inappropriate and outwith the fundamental principles of natural justice.

'We therefore formally request that the relevant authorities investigate how these sensitive details have been released so widely.

Relegated: Rangers now play in the Scottish Third Division

Relegated: Rangers now play in the Scottish Third Division

'We have instructed our lawyers to retrospectively review online and printed publications relating to the case to identify whether legal redress is either appropriate or necessary.'

HMRC revealed they were thinking about mounting a challenge to the decision, which was supported by two of the judges, Kenneth Mure QC and Scott Rae, but opposed by the other, Dr Heidi Poon.

A statement from HMRC read: 'We are disappointed that we have lost this stage of the court process and we are considering an appeal.

'The decision was not unanimous and the diligence of HMRC investigators was acknowledged by the whole tribunal.

'HMRC is committed to tackling avoidance and it is right that we challenge the type of avoidance seen in this case.'

What does the verdict mean in layman's terms

In the vast majority of cases, the tribunal has found in favour of Rangers Football Club in that the payments to the individual players were loans and they were at the discretion of the trustees of the Employee Benefit Trust. Basically, they were determined to be loans, not remuneration. On that basis, there is no further tax payable in terms of PAYE or NI (National Insurance), as HMRC was claiming. It is indicated in the ruling that in some cases, a minority of cases, the tribunal found in favour of HMRC so in those cases it was determined that is was remuneration, not loans, and PAYE and NI should be paid. But that is in the minority – in that vast majority, the verdicts went in favour of Rangers.

WHO IS LIABLE FOR ANY MONEY OWED TO HMRC

In the majority of the cases, it would be Rangers oldco. If HMRC was unable to reclaim those monies from oldco, could it pursue individual players Maybe. But it would depend upon the individual circumstances of each player, what they've done on their tax returns. There is not a clear, uncomplicated route in terms of recovering money from the players. HMRC's primary is to go after oldco for those monies.

WILL HMRC GET ANY MONEY FROM OLDCO RANGERS

There is only a certain pot of money available via the liquidation route. For those sums that were discussed, it just increases by a small percentage how much of the overall pot goes to HMRC. By Duff and Phelps' estimate, about four months ago, they thought there might only be about 1million available via liquidation. They would just rank along with other creditors to get a proportion of that 1million pot so it's not going to make a huge difference to the overall pay-out that HMRC get. They were already due 25million-plus of VAT and PAYE that Craig Whyte didn't pay.

COULD ADMINISTRATION AND LIQUIDATION HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD THE VERDICT BEEN KNOWN BEFORE CRAIG WHYTE'S TAKEOVER IN MAY 2011

What actually put Rangers into administration was the fact that Craig Whyte didn't pay VAT and PAYE. It wasn't the big tax case, and I think that's a point worth stressing, it wasn't the big tax case that put Rangers into administration. I think the big tax case potentially had two influences. Firstly, when Sir David Murray was trying to sell the club, it could well have put off some potential buyers of the club because the big tax case was hanging over Rangers. Without it, maybe other buyers may have come along, buyers who might have been a better outcome for Rangers than Craig Whyte. Secondly, after Craig Whyte had actually bought it, was he influenced by the fact that the big tax case was there Did that influence the fact that he didn't pay VAT and PAYE and didn't put more money into club because maybe he thought he was going to lose the big tax case anyway Only Craig Whyte knows the answer to that. There were probably a couple of junctures where the big tax case may have influenced the final outcome of events.

WILL HMRC APPEAL

It's difficult to say. It was obviously a very complicated verdict, it was only a majority, it was 2-1, it wasn't unanimous. HMRC are clearly disappointed by the outcome. I think they will take their time and consider the likelihood of winning an appeal and the benefits of pursuing it further to try to get a favourable outcome.

Liverpool expect to improve shirt sponsorship deal

Liverpool can't buy a win at home or abroad but expect to IMPROVE 20m shirt deal

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UPDATED:

10:08 GMT, 14 November 2012

Liverpool are confident they can improve their current 20million-a-year shirt deal with Standard Chartered, despite a lack of Champions League football.

The club negotiated their current contract, which has two years to run, in 2009 while second in the Premier League and in Europe's elite competition.

But Liverpool expect to conclude negotiations quickly and extend the deal.

Talks: Liverpool hope to extend their deal with Standard Chartered

Talks: Liverpool hope to extend their deal with Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered have a period of exclusivity but last season they expressed 'disappointment' at the way the Luis Suarez racism controversy was handed.

The 80m, four-year deal was a club record when it was agreed but commercial revenues at Anfield have increased since John W Henry took control of the club, despite disappointing performances on the pitch.

Big money: Manchester United also rake in 20m each season

Big money: Manchester United also rake in 20m each season

Premier League sponsors

Arsenal – Fly Emirates (airline company) ends 2014, 5.5m a year
Aston Villa – Genting Casinos (gambling company) 2013, 8m a year
Chelsea – Samsung (electronics ) 2015, 13.8m a year
Everton – Chang (brewery) 2013, 4m a year
Fulham – FxPro (foreign exchange) 2013, 4.2m a year
Liverpool – Standard Chartered (bank) 2014, 20m a year
Man City – Etihad (airline) 1922, 20m a year
Man Utd – AON (insurance) 2014, 20m a year
Newcastle – Virgin Money (finance) 2013, 10m a year
Norwich – Aviva (insurance) 2016, 1m a year
QPR – Air Asia (airline) 2013, 2.5m a year
Reading – Waitrose (supermarket) 2013, 500,000 a year
Southampton – Aap3 (IT services) 2014, 1m a year
Stoke – bet365 (gambling) 2015, 1.3m a year
Sunderland – Invest in Africa (non-profit organisation funded by oil company Tullow) 2014, 20m a year
Swansea – 32red (gambling) 2014, 1.1m a year
Tottenham – Investec/Auresma (financial services/augmented reality multimedia) 10m a year
West Brom – Zoopla (property) 2015, 1.5m a year
West Ham – SBObet (gambling) 2013, 1.7m a year
Wigan – 12bet.com (gambling) 2014, 1m a year

Pele recovering in hospital after hip operation

Pele recovering in hospital after hip op with Brazil legend set to head home soon

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UPDATED:

19:23 GMT, 13 November 2012

Three-time World Cup winner Pele is recovering in a Brazilian hospital after undergoing hip surgery.

The 72-year-old is expected to be discharged on Wednesday following the minor procedure at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.

Pele's advisor, Jose Ovens, told Brazilian broadcaster Globoesport: 'Everything went very well. It was a simple surgery. He probably will be discharged tomorrow.'

Get well soon: Pele is considered by many the finest footballer ever to play

Get well soon: Pele is considered by many the finest footballer ever to play

It was reported that Pele had initially gone to the hospital to renew his medical insurance, but after complaining of long-term pain in his hip and then undergoing tests, opted to undergo the operation.

Millwall player Josh Wright has watch stolen

Police called as Millwall midfielder Wright has 8,000 watch stolen in latest theft

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 9 November 2012

Millwall have been forced to call in the police after Josh Wright became the latest player to have their watch stolen from the club's dressing room.

The midfielder, who is the younger brother of TOWIE star Mark, had his 8,000 Cartier taken while he was training.

Wright, 23, is the third victim of such a theft after two of his Lions team-mates had their designer watches stolen during Millwall's 4-0 win over Huddersfield.

Theft: Josh Wright has had his watch stolen at Millwall

Theft: Josh Wright has had his watch stolen at Millwall

Police and the club are studying CCTV footage.

'The watch was brand new — I had only just bought it,' Wright told The Sun.

'I felt sick when I went back into the dressing room and discovered it had been stolen. It wasn’t just because the watch was expensive — the insurance should cover that.

'It was the thought of someone — probably someone I know at the club — going through my pockets.

'It’s a shame because we’re such a close-knit friendly club.

Police called: Several players have been the victims of theft

Police called: Several players have been the victims of theft

'I can’t believe someone is doing this.'

The latest raft of thefts comes eight months after two players suffered the same fate.

Wright added: 'The sooner they catch the person or persons responsible the better.

'And when they do I hope that they are named and shamed.'

Max Chilton set for Marussia drive after funding boost

Chilton set to join F1's Brit pack with Marussia drive after sealing funding boost

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 1 November 2012

Max Chilton is on course to become the fourth British driver on the Formula One grid next season after revealing he has secured the necessary funding to land a drive with back-markers Marussia.

The news comes as the 21-year-old from Reigate prepares for his first experience behind the wheel of a Formula One car when he replaces current Marussia driver Charles Pic in the opening practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Chilton revealed he is hopeful of taking over from Pic on a permanent basis next year with the French youngster heavily linked with a move to Caterham.

Young hopeful: Max Chilton, from Reigate, is looking to break into F1

Young hopeful: Max Chilton, from Reigate, is looking to break into F1

Chilton, the son of Grahame Chilton who is non-executive chairman of insurance giant Aon Benfield’s UK holding company and reportedly worth around 100million, insisted the necessary cash is not family money.

He said: ‘I’m trying to get the race seat here. I’ve managed to get two sponsors together for next year to get the whole budget together, if the seat is available, which means as a family we don’t have to put a penny in.

‘My dad has always said he would get me to where I need, but that he won’t put in any money. Luckily I now have the money.

‘I’m a racer and I want to get a race seat. I’d love the chance and hopefully it will come soon.’

The news Chilton has the cash to join Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta is particularly timely given Marussia reportedly suffered losses of almost 50million last year and are actively seeking investors to bridge the gap.

England v Fiji – win tickets

WIN tickets to watch England v Fiji – courtesy of QBE

UPDATED:

12:48 GMT, 27 October 2012

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Nicklas Bendtner fined for driving without license and insurance

Arsenal striker Bendtner fined 5,000 for driving Audi with no licence or insurance

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 30 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been ordered to pay almost 5,000 in fines after he was caught driving without a licence and insurance.

The Denmark international, who was on-loan to Sunderland last season, was pulled over by police in South Tyneside who discovered the 24-year-old was not insured on his 40,000 Audi and had no driving licence.

Bendtner, who was charged with driving without the correct licence, using a vehicle without insurance and two counts of driving a vehicle with a registration mark that does not conform with regulations was found guilty in his absence by magistrates at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Fined: Nicklas Bendtner has been fined for driving without licence and insurance

Fined: Nicklas Bendtner has been fined for driving without licence and insurance

Magistrates fined him 4,750 and added six points to his licence.

The 24-year-old Danish international, who has been linked with a move to Spanish side Celta Vigo at the weekend, was also ordered to pay 85 costs.

Bendtner allegedly told police when asked why there was no insurance or proper number plates on his Audi Q7, that he had a ‘friend who sorts that out for me.’

The court heard that the striker had no licence after failing to re-apply for it having receiving a 56-day driving ban for speeding in February.

Rachael Dodsworth, prosecuting, said: ‘It was 6.50pm on May 13 when police stopped the defendant’s silver Audi Q7.

Loan star: Bendtner spent last season at Sunderland and looks set to leave Arsenal this summer

Loan star: Bendtner spent last season at Sunderland and looks set to leave Arsenal this summer

‘There were more than two people in the car and there were no ‘L’ plates.

‘There was no trace of the registration number, and there was no insurance on the car.’

In March, Bendtner was cleared of vandalising cars parked in Stowell Street at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

He was initially charged with five counts of criminal damage alongside
Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.

Cattermole eventually accepted conditional discharges for the 4,168.27 damage caused in the wrecking spree.

The same court banned Bendtner from driving for 56 days after he was caught driving his Porsche 911 at 103mph.

Last year, he was also involved in an incident in a Copenhagen pizzeria after his credit card was declined and he begged for someone else to pay for the takeaway. He later publicly apologized for his behaviour.

Heather Watson loses in California

Elementary mistake, Watson! Brit Heather loses to world No 161 in California

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UPDATED:

00:36 GMT, 19 July 2012

British tennis No 1 Heather Watson suffered a disappointing defeat by Taiwanese qualifier Yung-Jan Chan, ranked 161 in the world, in the second round of the WTA Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California.

The 6-3, 7-6 loss ended the Guernsey 20-year-old’s promising preparations for the Olympics, where she will represent Britain in the doubles with Laura Robson.

Out of reach: Heather Watson was beaten by a qualifier in California

Out of reach: Heather Watson was beaten by a qualifier in California

Watson, ranked world No 71, claimed her first WTA Tour title last weekend as she and partner Marina Erakovic beat top seeds Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova in the Bank of the West Classic final.

Watson’s fellow Brit Anne Keothavong went out in the first round in Carlsbad, losing 6-4, 6-0 to New Zealander Erakovic.