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Harry Redknapp Trial: Spurs Boss In Court On Charges Of Tax Evasion

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Harry Redknapp, the Manager of Tottenham Hotspurs, appeared in the dock on Monday to face charges of tax evasion.

The White Hart Lane boss, widely tipped as a future England manager, denies two counts of cheating the public revenue when he was manager of Portsmouth Football Club.

He appeared behind bulletproof glass at Southwark Crown Court to face charges alongside former Portsmouth FC chairman Milan Mandaric.

Redknapp’s relatives sat in court, including his former footballer son Jamie, who currently works as a pundit for Sky Sports.

The jury selection took place on Monday morning before John Black QC opened the prosecution case.

The first charge alleges that, between April 1 2002 and November 28 2007, Mandaric paid £93,100 into a bank account held by Redknapp in Monaco, to avoid paying income tax and National Insurance.

The second charge for the same offence relates to a sum of £96,300 allegedly paid by Mandaric to the same account between May 1 2004 and November 28 2007.

Redknapp, 64, who underwent minor heart surgery last year to unblock his arteries, is the most successful English manager in the modern game, having led Portsmouth to FA Cup success and Spurs to last season's Uefa Champions League quarter-finals.

Serbian Mandaric is now chairman of Sheffield Wednesday, having previously worked at Leicester City.

Redknapp, of Panorama Drive, Poole, Dorset, is represented by John Kelsey-Fry QC, while Lord Ken Macdonald QC is counsel for Mandaric, of Stretton Hall, Oadby, Leicestershire.

The trial is due to last two weeks.

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