Neil Lennon and Sir Alex Ferguson linked to £700m tax scheme

Scottish football legends are among the names of over 100 people listed as being involved in a £700 million tax relief scheme.
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS/Ross ParkerHibernian manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Hibs boss Neil Lennon, former Rangers stars Colin Hendry and Joey Barton and Sir Alex Ferguson are named on Companies House files as being linked to finance firm Ingenious.

The scheme invested in films including Avatar in a bid to secure tax relief.

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HMRC argued the scheme was not a legitimate investment opportunity but rather a means of avoiding tax, with a decision upheld this week that the incentives were not “allowable deductions”.

This could mean investors will face higher tax bills, though Ingenious is said to be appealing the ruling.

It is reported more than 1,000 people invested in the film financing scheme and a list of members from Companies House includes the Beckhams as well as other footballers Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Emile Heskey.

Others listed from the world of sport include Gary McAllister, Gary Lineker, Jussi Jaskelainen and cricket star Nasser Hussain.

As well as Victoria Beckham, two other former Spice Girls - Geri Halliwell and Melanie Chisholm - are named, alongside musicians Peter Gabriel and Robbie Williams, as well as Jeremy Paxman.

It has not been claimed the scheme was doing anything illegal.