Liverpool legend John Barnes has filed for bankruptcy for the seventh time and faces financial ruin.
After a petition was made public for the former England international, John Barnes, who recently accepted a position as an ambassador for Liverpool, he may be on the verge of going bankrupt.
Barnes joined Liverpool for a hefty transfer fee in 1987 after making an impressive 296 appearances and scoring 85 goals. With his performances on the left flank, Barnes quickly established himself as a cult hero at Anfield. The Jamaican-born striker spent ten years with the Reds, scoring 106 goals in 403 games while there. He also won two First Division championships and two FA Cups in the North-West.
Barnes moved north to Newcastle for his final few seasons of play before switching to Charlton Athletic. Barnes earned 79 caps for England during his international career and is best known for his rapping contribution to New Order’s No. 1 single, “World in Motion.”
John Barnes Bankrupt: Did He Lose All His Property?
John Barnes, a legendary member of Liverpool, will go bankrupt due to an unpaid tax bill of over £300,000.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has filed a bankruptcy petition against the 59-year-old seven times. Barnes’ decision to either contest the petition or pay off his debts to avoid being declared bankrupt is unknown.
Barnes’ imminent bankruptcy was confirmed during a brief hearing on Monday at the High Court in London; however, the former England winger was not present. Megan Vanderhook, an HMRC team member, reported that although Mr. Barnes has not gotten in touch, his agent has asked for a postponement.
John Barnes Case Update: When Will It Resume?
According to The Sun, the case will pick back up on February 27 of the following year, and Barnes is anticipated to seek bankruptcy advice before the court appearance.
This comes after a string of contentious incidents involving Barnes following his claim that Qatar was intimidated by the British public during the World Cup run-up.
He urged Western supporters to refrain from criticizing the World Cup hosts’ record on human rights. Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, added fuel to the Fire when he said he felt homosexual, furthering criticism of the Middle Eastern country’s position on women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. He claimed to feel gay, Qatari, and disabled.
Where Is John Barnes Now?
Barnes’ decision to either contest the petition or pay off his debts to avoid being declared bankrupt is unknown.
In a brief hearing yesterday at London’s High Court, HMRC agent Megan Vanderhook stated that although Mr. Barnes has not contacted anyone, his agent has asked for a postponement.
On February 27 of the following year, the case will resume so that the Father of six can seek bankruptcy advice.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Barnes won 79 England caps and twice took home the Footballer of the Year award during his successful playing career. Since then, the midfielder with Jamaican ancestry has tried to be a manager, author, commentator, and pundit.
A few days after losing his job as Tranmere Rovers’ head coach in 2009, he was declared bankrupt due to tax debts.
An HMRC representative stated that they take a supportive approach when dealing with clients who owe taxes. They do everything in their power to assist those who contact them in paying off their debt, including providing installment plans.