Sports stars demand equality over Champions League tax breaks
Exemptions for foreign footballers playing in the 2011 final should be extended to other sports, claim stars
International sports stars are demanding that they be exempt from tax when
they compete in the UK, after a waiver was announced in the Budget for
foreign-based footballers playing in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley.
The move was requested by sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe after the UK lost
the right to hold the 2010 final specifically due to tax reasons.
But the exemption has lead to accusations of discrimination, with sports
stars appearing in other high profile UK events, such as Wimbledon, demanding
equal treatment, reports the Financial Times.