Jamie Carragher Manages to See the Funny Side After Newcastle Managing Director Gets Arrested

Kavan Flavius

​Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher managed to see the funny side after Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley was arrested on Wednesday.

The arrest stemmed from a series of raids carried out by HMRC, during which Newcastle and West Ham were searched. Several other persons were said to be apprehended in connection with tax and insurance fraud, according to Sky Sports.

"HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud," the department announced in a statement.

"180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today. Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones."

With Charnley's name being the most popular among those arrested, Carragher made a very valid point regarding his former boss Rafa Benitez, albeit jokingly. After getting wind of the news, the Sky pundit tweeted: “I knew Rafa would find a way of getting control of all the transfers!”

Back in February, the Independent suggested that Benitez was set to leave the returning Premier League club because of fresh transfer policy.

“Benitez has seen his control over player recruitment hugely dented by a dramatic change in transfer policy and has been left angered by the failure to strengthen his squad as they push for an immediate return to the Premier League," they reported.

By the looks of things, though, Carragher could be right.

Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter @KavanFlavius.


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