Emile Heskey ordered to pay £200k after legal battle

Emile Heskey did not attend the hearing and was not represented
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Ex-Liverpool player Emile Heskey has been ordered to pay almost £200,000 in costs after a legal battle with HM Revenue and Customs.

HMRC took legal action against the former England striker in 2017 over an unpaid tax bill worth £1.637 million.

Heskey, 46, was due to face trial at the High Court over the bill in November 2019, but this did not take place after he admitted liability for the debt.

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At a hearing in London on Tuesday, a specialist costs judge ruled Heskey should pay a further £194,794.42 in legal fees for the case.

Costs Judge Mark Whalan said the sum was “reasonable and proportionate” in the “complex” case.

Barrister Daniel Laking, for HMRC, told the court proceedings were launched against Heskey over 15 penalty notices issued to him from 2005. The ex-Red did not attend the hearing and was not represented.

The figure he must now pay does not include interest, meaning he may need to pay more than the sum ordered.

As well as turning out for Liverpool, Heskey played for teams including Leicester City, Birmingham City and Aston Villa in his club career, and represented England.

He scored 22 goals in the 2000/01 season as Liverpool won the treble under Gerard Houllier.

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