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VIDEO: Redknapp to face tax trial

Matt Scott

Published 13/11/2011 | 05:00

Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric face trial on January 23 next year relating to allegations of cheating the public revenue.

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Redknapp denies any wrongdoing but would have good reason for his mind to be on other matters when Tottenham take on the current Premier League leaders, Manchester City, at the Etihad Stadium the day before the proceedings begin.

The timing of the trial may interfere with his club's preparations for the Premier League matches against Wigan Athletic and Liverpool, and, should Spurs qualify, the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 28.

Redknapp and Mandaric, the owner of Sheffield Wednesday, both face two counts of cheating the public revenue. Their alleged offences relate to tax payments due while the pair were respectively manager and chairman of Portsmouth.

The indictment laid down by prosecutors states: "Mandaric and Redknapp, between April 1, 2002 and November 28, 2007, with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of HM Revenue and Customs, arranged for $145,000, paid by Mandaric as a result of or in connection with Redknapp's employment and as a reward for services, to be transferred to a Monaco bank account opened by Redknapp for that purpose, in order to conceal the said emolument from HM Revenue and Customs and evade the payment of income tax and national insurance contributions thereon (whether by the operation of PAYE by the club or otherwise)."

As for count two, the indictment states: "Mandaric and Redknapp between May 1, 2004 and November 28, 2007, with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of HM Revenue and Customs, arranged for $150,000, paid by Mandaric as a result of or in connection with Redknapp's employment and as a reward for services, to be transferred to a Monaco bank account opened by Redknapp for that purpose, in order to conceal the said employment income from HM Revenue and Customs and evade the payment of income tax and national insurance contributions thereon (whether by the operation of PAYE by the club or otherwise)."

The pair will fight the charges in a trial scheduled to last two weeks.

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