Spurs' Manager, Harry Redknapp Cleared

Harry Redknapp, Manager Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Redknapp Cleared of Tax Evasion Charges

Much to his relief, after five years,  Harry Redknapp was cleared of all charges by a jury after a 13-day trial in which he was accused of evading around £80,000 of tax on a “transfer bung” of £187,000.

Speaking to the press outside court, Redknapp said: "I'm really looking just forward to getting home and seeing my wife Sandra and getting away from all this - it really has been a nightmare - it's been five years - and this is a case that should never have come to court."

"I just really want to thank my legal team, Kelsey-Fry and Jane Glass, they were fantastic. The support I've had from everyone at Tottenham, Donna Cullen and Darren Eales have been here every day with me and the support from Daniel Levy who if he ever thought this would be a problem would never have employed me because this was going on three years ago.

"I have to thank the fans especially, the fans of Tottenham the other night, at the Wigan game - to have them singing my name throughout the game while all this was going on, I'll never forget that."

Also cleared, former Portsmouth owner, Milan Mandaric said, "I've got to pinch myself and try and wake myself up from this horrible dream I had  - I always believed in the truth, and in the British justice system."

Chris Martin of HMRC said: "Tax evasion is not a victimless crime, because every penny of tax evaded reduces the UK's ability to pay down the deficit and support our public services. That is why we relentlessly pursue those we believe are evading tax. We've no regrets about pursuing this case because it was vitally important the facts were put before a jury for their consideration.

"We accept the verdict of the jury, but I would like to remind those who are evading tax by using offshore tax havens that it always makes sense to come to talk to us before we come to talk to you."

Tottenham released a statement stating, "Everyone at the club is delighted for Harry and his family."

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