Spurs manager Harry Redknapp in dock over tax evasion
Harry Redknapp will face charges of tax evasion at Southwark Crown Court
The Tottenham Hotspur manager, who watched his side lose 3-2 at Manchester City on Sunday, is charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue dating from his first spell as Portsmouth manager between 2002-04.
Redknapp is jointly charged with former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric, who will appear alongside Redknapp at the south London court in a trial expected to last two weeks.
It is alleged that the pair fraudulently concealed payments totalling £295,000 from HM Revenue and Customs by paying the money into a Monaco bank account opened by Redknapp specifically for the purpose.
The payments are alleged to have been made by Mandaric in two tranches, one of $145,000 (£93,000) and a second of (£96,000) £150,000, between April 1 2002 and Nov 28 2007.
The Crown alleges that the payments were made “with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of HM Revenue and Customs as a result of or in connection with Henry James Redknapp’s employment and as a reward for services”.
The trial could keep Redknapp away from Tottenham’s training ground for around two weeks and could limit his input into two crucial league fixtures and an FA Cup tie.
On Friday Tottenham face Watford at Vicarage Road in the fourth round of the FA Cup, a game Redknapp should be able to attend.
Spurs then host Wigan on Tuesday Jan 31 before playing Liverpool at Anfield on Monday February 6, by which time the trial may have concluded.
Should it spill into a third week Redknapp’s attendance at that game may be in doubt.