Paradise Papers reveal offshore firms used by Gary Lineker and Mike Gatting

When Gary Lineker was asked on Twitter this week whether he would sleep soundly despite the release of the Paradise Papers, he was dismissive.

“I’ll sleep very soundly,” the former footballer told a follower at 11.53 on Monday night. “I rather doubt I’ll be mentioned as I happily pay my taxes. Thanks for your concern.”

Lineker had a rude awakening yesterday when hacked documents showed he had used a company — Goalhanger Inc — in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), an offshore haven, to buy a property in Barbados.

It gave the sports commentator a potential tax advantage because foreign companies are exempt from paying duty when selling their homes on the island.

The Barbados property register was among 13 million documents which have been…

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