Ex-Liverpool footballer John Barnes owes £238k in tax

Ex-Liverpool footballer John Barnes owes £238k in tax

Sep 11, 2023

Former Liverpool and England football player John Barnes has been given an adjournment over a tax debt worth £238,000 following a bankruptcy petition by HMRC

Barnes, 59, had his case considered this week at a hearing in a specialist court in London, which he did not attend.

Judge Catherine Burton was told by an official from HMRC that the ex-football star owed a total of £238,000 in unpaid tax.

Barrister Nathan Webb, who represented the former player, told the judge that his client need more time to pay and asked for an adjournment.

Barnes, widely known for his time playing at Liverpool, Newcastle and Watford, is employed by Liverpool Football Club on a salary of £200,000.

Between 1983 and 1995, Barnes had 79 England caps and was also the head coach at Celtic FC after ending his playing career.

Often considered one of the greatest English players of all time, Barnes currently works as an author, as well as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport.

Judge Burton made no orders and said the case would be reconsidered on 29 November 2023.

Back in June, another judge had dismissed a different bankruptcy petitioned lodged by HMRC against Barnes, with officials having indicated that he owed at least £200,000.

Judge Burton oversaw the hearing in the Insolvency & Companies Court. At the time, the judge was told that the money owed had been paid.