Manchester United’s potential new owners are facing a hefty battle with HMRC when they take control of the club. The longstanding tax issues between the club and the country’s tax authority are no closer to being resolved, and potential buyers have been informed of the extent to which United may still be liable for unpaid taxes. While a few million may not deter bidders willing to spend £5 billion or more to buy the club, no new owner wants this issue to drag on. In other football news, Brighton spent £3 million on a data firm that helps owner Tony Bloom make millions from professional gambling. The firm, StarLizard, provides bespoke intelligence to professional gamblers to gain an edge in football betting. Meanwhile, London 2012 heptathlon Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill boasts assets of £2.1 million from her Jennis fitness app, designed to consider the female hormonal cycle to boost athletic performance. Finally, the 18 first-class cricket counties in England and Wales have combined debts totalling over £366 million. With eight teams posting annual losses, financing is a concern for most teams in the Championship.
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