England Football Legend Barnes Faces Bankruptcy over £238,000 Tax Debt


John Barnes, the renowned former footballer for England and Liverpool, is now facing a bankruptcy petition lodged by tax authorities. A specialist court in London recently held a hearing concerning Barnes’ case, which the former footballer was not present for.
The presiding judge, Catherine Burton, heard from an official from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that Barnes was in debt to the tune of £238,000. However, at this juncture, the judge made no definitive rulings and decided to reevaluate the situation on the 29th of November.

Nathan Webb, the barrister representing Barnes, made a case for his client, stating to the judge that Barnes simply required more time to pay off his dues and requested a delay in the process. Webb also stated that Barnes, presently on the payroll of Liverpool FC with a solid salary of £200,000, is fully capable of paying the debt.

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Webb reassured Judge Burton, stating, “Mr Barnes is very well and able to pay. He just requires a bit of time.”

It’s not the first time Barnes has faced such allegations. Back in June, a bankruptcy petition against him filed by tax officials was dismissed by a different judge. During these earlier proceedings, it had been indicated that Barnes owed at least £200,000. However, officials from HMRC had confirmed that the owed sum had been paid off.

Barnes, age 59, who also played for Watford and Newcastle, holds an illustrious career in football. He has proudly represented England in 79 fixtures between 1983 and 1995. Following his playing career, he took up the mantle of the head coach at Celtic.

The recent hearing on his bankruptcy issue was overseen by Judge Burton at the Insolvency & Companies Court.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.