How the UK taxes overseas athletes and what the consequences are for UK sport

By Adam Thatcher published on 08 August 2014

At a media conference in March 2008, Michel Platini said, in response to why the lucrative 2010 Champions League Final was not awarded to Wembley Stadium in London, "Yes, the reason was the taxes"(specifically, the taxation of overseas footballers competing in the UK). Since then, income tax exemptions have been introduced by the UK Government to entice foreign sportsmen and women to train and compete in the UK.

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Adam Thatcher

Adam Thatcher

Adam Thatcher is an associate in the Corporate Technology team at Taylor Wessing LLP, having completed his training contract at Mayer Brown International LLP which included a secondment to a global insurance company.

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