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French Club Marseille Reportedly now linked to HMRC raids

The French club Newcastle has been doing business with for the past two seasons has now been linked to the HMRC investigation

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Marseille Winger on Loan from Newcastle, and GQ Tuxedo Model Florian Thauvin walks into St. James’ Park
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News broke this morning that over 180 HMRC officers were involved in a major operation in both the UK and France, targeting football clubs. It has now been revealed that one of those clubs is French Club, Marseille.

Breaking news in France has Olympique de Marseille on the hot seat, reporting that they too have been a part of the investigation, with French radio station RTL giving the breaking news that the ex-board of Marseille are also a target for HMRC.

Marseille’s current board just took over in 2016 when the club was sold to former Los Angeles Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt.

The alleged board was involved with multiple transfer dealings with both West Ham and Newcastle including the sale and of Dimitri Payet to West Ham in 2015, as well as the sale of Florian Thauvin in 2015 to Newcastle and a loan deal for Rémy Cabella from Newcastle in 2015.

So far there has been no statement from Newcastle or Marseille. West ham released a statement earlier saying: "The club is cooperating fully with HMRC to assist their enquiries. No further comment will be made at this time.”