Middlesbrough HMRC minimum wage tribunal
"We reiterated this within the last month and invited them to withdraw the Notice of Underpayment in respect of the Season Cards but they refused. This left us with no alternative to bring the matter to Tribunal.
"In my eyes this is a huge waste of public money. Not only is it the time and effort HMRC have spent on the investigation but also their legal costs and the court time which have been incurred.
"I understand that in addition to one witness HMRC had a barrister, lawyer and three other observers at court. This demonstrates the waste and inefficiency within the civil service. All of which we as tax payers are funding.In the addition there has been considerable expense incurred by the Club in challenging the HMRC's claims.
"I believe this is symptomatic of a bureaucratic civil service who are out of touch with the real world. Ultimately it is the tax payers who are paying for this shambles and our politicians need to take notice and demand a more professional approach in the future. I am delighted that the tribunal vindicated our decision to fight this case."