Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is charged with 2 counts of cheating the public revenue during his time as manager of Portmouth Football Club.
He is accused alongside his former chairman at Portsmouth and current Sheffield Wednesday owner, Milan Mandaric. Both men have denied the charges against them and a two week trial at Southwark Crown Court is currently underway.
Much of the case has surrounded Redknapp’s Monaco bank account Rosie47. The prosecution allege that two payments of £93,100 and £96,300 were paid into this account between 2002 and 2007 in order to avoid income tax and National Insurance.
This claim is adamantly denied by Redknapp with the Spurs manager claiming that he had “no idea” and “no clue” as to how much was in the fund.
Redknapp added, ” I don’t remember him [Mandaric] telling me [how much was in the account] but there’s every chance he did.”
Redknapp did admit to lying to News of the World sports journalist Rob Beasley in order to prevent a story appearing in a Sunday tabloid the day his Tottenham side were taking on Manchester United in the 2009 Carling Cup final.
He denied he had lied in order to cover up that the money in his Monaco bank account was a bonus for profits made on transfers during his time in charge of Portsmouth.
“I don’t have to tell Mr. Beasley the truth. I have to tell police the truth, not Mr. Beasley, he’s a News of the World reporter.””
Redknapp then went on to tell the court that the Rosie47 account was no secret and he had told Portsmouth about it as well as Quest (the Premier League inquiry into bungs).
The trial continues.
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