Storrie lands tax charge

PORTSMOUTH chief executive Peter Storrie was formally charged with tax evasion yesterday over the controversial transfer of Amdy Faye.<br /><br />Storrie is accused of concealing a signing-on fee made to the Senegalese midfielder via agent Willie McKay.<br /><br />The charges relate to Faye&rsquo;s &pound;1.5m transfer to Fratton Park from Auxerre in August 2003 where it is claimed that Faye&rsquo;s &pound;250,000 signing-on fee was paid via bank accounts of McKay in order to evade the payment of tax and national insurance contributions.<br /><br />Storrie is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates&rsquo; Court on 16 November, the HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office said yesterday.<br /><br />In a statement yesterday, Storrie denied any involvement in the Faye deal, saying: &ldquo;At the time negotiations to acquire this player were concluded, Mr Storrie was on honeymoon.&rdquo;