Storrie Charged With Tax Evasion

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 22 October 2009
Peter Storrie has been charged with "conspiracy to defraud the public revenue and false accounting" but has vowed to fight the charges with "every available resource".

The charges relate to the transfer of Amdy Faye from Auxerre to Portsmouth back in 2003 where it is alleged that tax was not paid on Faye's £250,000 signing on fee.

Storrie has released a statement tha basically says that he will fight the charges with every available resource he has and claims he is innocent as he was on his honeymoon at the time the alleged offence had taken place. Portsmouth FC have also released a statement on the official site giving their full support to Storrie as expected.

This story would usually have surprised me but given the nature of our season so far it's not so shocking that once again the club has been rocked with this kind of news just before a massive game against Hull on Saturday.

But why does this keep happening? We're only a quarter of the way through the season and yet we've already had enough drama to fill a Hollywood script.

Remember, Peter is innocent until proven guilty and I will continue to support him until proven otherwise. As he says, what benefit would he have to gain by defrauding the public revenue?

Interestingly this charge relates to the same investigation into corruption in football that Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric have been released on bail from, so there may be more charges yet.

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