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West Ham United footballer John Carew declared bankrupt 4 May 2012

West Ham United footballer John Carew has been declared bankrupt.

The Norway star, 32, was slapped with the bankruptcy order in the High Court after being pursued by the tax man.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had petitioned for the former Valencia, Aston Villa and Lyon striker to be made bankrupt.

According to the London Gazette the petition was filed on January 16 while the bankruptcy order was made on March 5.

Karen Jackson from the Insolvency Service (IS) has been appointed Official Receiver (OR.

The OR is responsible for protecting the bankrupt’s estate and investigating the individual’s behaviour and affairs.

The IS declined to comment on the case. A spokesman said: “We wouldn’t highlight an individual case just because the person was famous.

“We would only confirm to another creditor what the amount (owed) was.”

HMRC said it would not comment on individual cases.

As of October last year, Carew, who lives in Wandsworth, south London, had played 91 times for Norway, scoring 21 goals.

He also won two La Liga titles while playing in Spain for Valencia.

However, he has endured a mixed season this year with West Ham, scoring two goals in 19 appearances.

Last year, Carew reportedly had a French tattoo misspelt on his neck. Instead of saying ‘My Life, My Rules’ it was incorrectly written as ‘My Life, My Menstruation’.

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