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Taxman Chasing Leeds United

The long running saga that is the Leeds United administration proceedings and Ken Bates` re-rise to power looks set to be extended, as a number of Yorkshire MP`s look set to stick their nose into the clubs affairs.

Liberal Democrat MP Phil Willis who, alongside Labour's George Mudie and Colin Burgon met with Treasury Minister Ed Balls (great name for a football story), paymaster general, Dawn Primarolo, and the sports minister, Richard Caborn to try and persuade the Government/HM Customs & Revenue to look once more at the agreement which should see Ken Bates reacquire control of Leeds United.

The Yorkshire Post are claiming that it was "Yorkshire Radio," a company of which is a Leeds United creditor, tipped the balance to secure Bates the 75% majority which he required to ensure that he regained ownership of the football club. It has been suggested that Yorkshire Radio had not previously been listed as a creditor and that the company includes Ken Bates as a listed director. This information seemingly only being available once the CVA vote had been cast.

It is this that has prompted Willis, Mudie and Burgon to approach Westminster, and it looks likely that HM Revenue & Customs will now investigate the on goings at Elland Road.

An 'insider` at HM Revenue & Customs told the Daily Telegraph: "We are furious at the raw deal we have got out of this debacle. We are getting a penny in the pound for £7m of public money which should be used to pay for hospitals and schools and other important public services."

To be honest, despite being a Leeds United fan, that is a very good point put across perfectly, assuming the Government do not waste that amount of cash on Tony Blair`s retirement party.

The story isn`t over for Leeds United, and I think there may only be one person to blame for the shambles. Answers on a postcard…are not required.



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Writer: LUFC1 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 27 2007

Time: 4:02PM

Your Comments

Something tells me...Bates may not laugh much longer.
LUFC1
hope not , the mans a crook, but any club would be proud of thier chairman if he pulled a master stroke like master bates did.
markmwal953
To be fair it was a perfect bit of business in terms of calling administration before we were officially relegated. I just don't like the fact that we are potentially up against HM Revenue& Customs. Lets face it just like Mr Hussein theres only one winner when the UK Government come calling!
LUFC1
I think we're off to court... Thats going to effect transfers and everything. Not good. But if we get rid of Bates after it all. i'll be extremel;y happy.
milkylufc
as much as i would hate this whole thing to go to court i really do want bates out as do most leeds fans
Super-Leeds
Just when you think its all done and dusted here we go again...
kazza
It really isn't over by a very long way.
LUFC1
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. What now? It's one thing after another at the moment!
will it ever happen
 

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