Court told John Barnes owes £238k in tax

A bankruptcy petition has been filed against Heswall resident and former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes by tax officials, the BBC has reported

A judge reviewed Barnes’ case during a hearing in the Insolvency & Companies Court in London, which the star did not attend.

Judge Catherine Burton was informed by an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) official that Barnes had a debt of £238,000.

Often regarded as one of the most illustrious English footballers in history, Barnes is currently employed by Liverpool FC “on a salary of £200,000”, his Barrister, Nathan Webb, told the court.

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

In June, a previous judge had dismissed another bankruptcy application filed by tax authorities against Barnes.

During the previous legal battle, HMRC officials had suggested that Barnes owed a minimum of £200,000.

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