April 28, 2017 / 7:48 AM / 3 months ago

Ex-Newcastle player Marveaux questioned in tax fraud investigation

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FILE PHOTO - Newcastle United's Sylvain Marveaux celebrates scoring against Maritimo during their Europa League soccer match in Newcastle November 22, 2012.Nigel Roddis

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Newcastle United midfielder Sylvain Marveaux has said he was questioned by French investigators looking into his transfer from Stade Rennais to the English club in 2011.

English football clubs West Ham United and Newcastle United were raided on Wednesday by tax officials as part of a wide-sweeping probe, with several men arrested for suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.

HMRC, the body responsible for the United Kingdom's tax collection, has been assisted by French authorities, who conducted 10 searches and detained four people on Wednesday.

Marveaux, who now plays for Lorient, said he had little information to offer investigators but cooperated fully.

"It went well as I fully cooperated with investigators ... in a case on which I have very few details, namely the circumstances of my transfer to Newcastle in 2011," Marveaux, who was later released, said in a statement.

"I will continue to cooperate with the investigation."

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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