Ex-Rangers defender Boumsong: I feared the tax man would chase me

Former Rangers defender Jean-Alain Boumsong has revealed that he was at first unsure about signing for the now-struggling club.

Former Rangers defender Jean-Alain Boumsong has revealed that he was at first unsure about signing for the now-struggling club.

The Cameroon-born ex-France international joined ‘Gers in 2004 but admits the contract he signed was out of the ordinary as a percentage of his wages would be paid tax free into an Employment Benefit Trust.

Boumsong, who signed a five-year deal at Ibrox, but left for Newcastle United in 2005 says he felt the contract was slightly odd but was assured that he was doing nothing wrong in putting pen to paper for the Glasgow giants.

“When I discovered it I first refused to sign the contract,” the Panathinaikos man said.

“It’s important to be able to sleep at night without fear of being chased by the tax office.

“My salary was paid normally, but there was a trust.

“I was not comfortable with that, to be honest. I didn’t know anything about it until the day I was going to sign.

“When I discovered it I first refused to sign the contract and said: ‘what is this?’

“I didn’t want to sign because it seemed strange, we don’t have that kind of payment in France and I didn’t know anything about it.

“When I left Rangers, for example, to sign for Newcastle, it was for a normal contract with normal payment.

“But the day I was signing for Rangers I was told it was legal.

“I was not comfortable with it, because it wasn’t a normal way of payment, but I was told it was fine.

“As players we don’t know everything about the law but my advisors said: ‘it’s okay, you can sign it. It’s legal’.

“I wouldn’t have signed otherwise. If I thought it was wrong legally I wouldn’t have gone. It’s important to be able to sleep at night without any fear of being chased by the tax office.”

 
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