Apr 19, 2011 at 07:08 PM
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Britain's Sponsorship Tax Scares Players, Wimbledon CEO Says

While taxes are fresh on the minds of everyone stateside, Wimbledon's CEO is lodging concerns about the per diem taxation rate that the U.K. places on sponsorship, even if the sponsor is located outside the country.

Ian Ritchie, chief executive officer of Wimbledon, said in a press conference at the All England Club that "it seems unfair individual athletes such as professional golfers, tennis players and athletics stars are subject to the taxation, while stars in team sports such as soccer are not."

“If Lionel Messi comes here for a Champions League final, he does not get taxed, but Roger Federer does,” Ritchie said.

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