BBC journalist Tom English has got history with Rangers.
After reports of Rangers fans getting crushed as they queued to get into the Kilmarnock game on the opening day of the season, English tweeted, “Trapped outside Rugby Park…’ Trapped outside? This is execrable stuff.”
A complaint about his tweet was upheld by the broadcasters.
Gers SLO Greg Marshall demanded an apology from the BBC Scotland journalist.
He was at it again on Thursday after the Times bombshell about HRMC potentially billing Rangers £50m too much in a move that led to the club being liquidated and relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football.
In his tweet, English said, “If I’m reading BDO’s documents correctly the revised tax bill stands at £68.3m. Correct me if I’m wrong. In those circumstances, blaming an HMRC ‘blunder’ for the implosion that wrecked Rangers could be considered, er, a bit of a reach.”
If I’m reading BDO’s documents correctly the revised tax bill stands at £68.3m. Correct me if I’m wrong. In those circumstances, blaming an HMRC ‘blunder’ for the implosion that wrecked Rangers could be considered, er, a bit of a reach. https://t.co/UfMZ4fvKFL
— Tom English (@TEnglishSport) November 14, 2019
The Times report stated that the actual bill owed by Rangers could have been as little as £20m, which could have had huge implications for the future of the club back then.
Rangers fans have reacted to English’s tweet with scorn if little surprise…
You might want to read the document more closely then and particularly the part about “grossing up” being under challenge.
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) November 14, 2019
Here he comes to pander to the usual set and dampen down any scandal, the “grossing up” tactic drives that number, that method is the issue and, according to times report, will result in that tax liability being restated nearer 20m, you know that tho Tom I’m sure, £50m overstated
— Scott (@King1Scott) November 14, 2019
Serious question Tom.
What were Rangers actual tax liabilities before Craig Whyte took over?. ..
I bet it was no where near £68.3 million.
— Jack Sheppard (@grabenkie) November 14, 2019
McCoist this morning… "At the time of the sale of the club in 2011, had the tax claim been at the level now being reported then in my opinion, the outcome would have been different." Can argue til we're blue in the face but as a Rangers fan that's the crux of it right there.
— Stevie (@WattStevenw0505) November 14, 2019
No reading it right then. It's no difficult it's just maybe not what you want to say on your platform. We know.
— Hugh Go Not (@Boabsuncle) November 14, 2019
Still using your Seville calculator I see Tom.
— The King of Colombia (@Predator1986) November 14, 2019
No, you're not reading it correctly. You clearly don't understand the chain of events surrounding it and indeed its you that's 'reaching' to keep hold of your biased opinion of Rangers = bad.
— Stuart (@Stuart1872Rfc) November 14, 2019
Stop Tom before you make an even bigger fool of yourself. You just can't accept anything that might be in Rangers favour. We get it.
— Angeblue (@AngeBlue55) November 14, 2019
Tom, deflect all you want. You can propagandise to save yourself but it won't save your puppetmasters. When HMRC are investigated we'll be asking about your (freelance) tax returns too, no stone unturned.
— NaeBull (@NaeBull) November 14, 2019
You are wrong as usual
— Blue Bells (@_Blue_Order_) November 14, 2019