Come ahead, Rangers
03/04/2011 101 Comments
I note the curious mixture of fact and fiction being allowed to be discussed by Rangers since their bizarrely amateurish presentation of their Interim Results on Friday.
One point that has been often recited in the last 24 hours is the notion that Rangers do not know how bad the EBT tax case could be. Without fear of legal consequences, I say: THAT IS A LIE!
I will paste a response to another thread on this blog below. It seemed too important a point to be buried on a comment to an older post:
On the point of the bills in Rangers’ possession, they do indeed hold bills of about £54m. So anyone who would publicly say that “Rangers do not know how much the bill could be” is lying. Let me be very specific: (at the point of wanting to face down anyone, in any court, in any country), Rangers KNOW how much the assessments in their possession amount to. The only doubt is actually over the penalty for their egregious lying to HMRC and to the tribunal. This could lead to a larger penalty than which they have been billed already.
Let’s make this very clear: RANGERS KNOW EXACTLY THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THEIR BILLS.
I have actually heard a Rangers director deny that bills exist, but later admit that “assessments” were in his possession. Bills and assessments from HMRC amount to the same thing. Anyone pretending otherwise is a LIAR or does not know the facts of this situation.
I will gladly meet any representative of Rangers FC, in any court, in any county to dispute this assertion.
Alastair, Sir David, Martin: as we say in Glasgow: “Come ahead!”