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Lee Charnley Released Without Charge

Hours after being arrested, Charnley has been allowed to return home.

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Charnley and Owner Mike Ashley (right) were appointed to the Newcastle Board of Directors together in 2014.
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It has been a rough day for Lee Charnley. The Newcastle Managing Director was arrested this morning in the midst of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation. The Chronicle and The Mirror are both reporting that Charnley has been allowed to leave without charges filed against him.

Charnley was suspected of tax income and national insurance fraud. Football officials from around Europe have been targeted as well. A statement from the club indicated that Charnley had been taken in for questioning before his release.

St. James’ Park was raided this morning as part of the investigation by the HMRC, but all Newcastle staff have now returned to work.

Charnley, 39, was promoted to Managing Director in 2014. Prior to that, he had been the club’s Football Secretary. He has been a director with the club dating back to 2008.