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Sam Allardyce labels HMRC as corrupt in latest claims

By Samuel Stephens

Sam Allardyce, now the former England manager, has allegedly branded Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs as the "most corrupt business" in Great Britain as part of a fresh wave of revelations by the Daily Telegraph.

The 61-year-old stepped down last night following talks with the Football Association after appearing to instruct undercover journalists posing as businessmen from the Far East about how to "get around" strict third party transfer regulations.

The practice was banned by the FA in 2008 and they were followed seven years later by Fifa, the world football governing body, in condemning third party ownership to stop other parties from 'owning' the economic rights belonging to individual players.

Following the initial accusations on Monday, the newspaper has since revealed that Allardyce, who has been investigated for his tax affairs in the past, said that HMRC "fly out tax demands without any real knowledge whether they should or shouldn't".

He told reporters: "The most corrupt business in our country would be what? You'll be shocked when I tell you this - HMRC. They fly out tax demands without any real knowledge whether they should or shouldn't.

"They just put 'em out willy-nilly and if you pay them, people s*** themselves and pay them. Then they go to their accountant and say, and if you've got a s*** accountant, the account s**** himself and says, well you must owe them, you had better pay it."

Allardyce, who denied any wrongdoing, was named alongside Wayne Rooney and golfer Rory McIlroy in connection with an HMRC inquiry into a £450m "scam" in 2013.

The former Bolton and Sunderland manager added: "Most of the punters don't owe it. But because the country's so skint they come to government and say we're skint, government says we're skint how we gonna get the money.

"Let's change the laws and let's just fly out these demands.

"But HMRC, you have to pay it back even if you don't owe it.

"It's the most corrupt business in the country at the minute, HMRC."

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