Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tax complaint thrown out
The Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has failed in an attempt to force an apology over claims that he is paying only 2% tax on some of his earnings.
Rooney complained to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) over the accuracy of a story published by The Sunday Times in January describing attempts by players to evade tax and headlined: 'Top footballers dodge millions in income tax: Rooney pays 2% on some earnings.'
The story reflected the way that tax inspectors are targeting some of the Premier League's highest-paid footballers over controversial tax arrangements that could be costing the Treasury more than £100m in tax liabilities.
Another player to have recruited a top tax adviser is Gareth Barry at Manchester City.