Found February 08, 2012 on Fox Soccer:
Football-tottenham-hotspur
Harry Redknapp has been cleared of taking bungs in an offshore tax dodge. The Tottenham boss' hopes of managing the England team received a major boost as he walked free from court. Jurors accepted Redknapp's angry denials that he avoided tax on any payments over £189,000 found in a Monaco account. His acquittal alongside co-defendant Milan Mandaric blows the final whistle on a five-year £8million police investigation which failed to yield a single conviction. Mandaric and former Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie were also cleared of £600,000 tax dodge claims at a previous trial, it can be reported for the first time. Redknapp and Mandaric hugged as the jury cleared them of all counts. Redknapp was at times moved to the verge of tears as the Crown alleged that he told a pack of lies in an attempt to get off the hook. But jurors accepted Redknapp and Mandaric's evidence that the Monaco account in the name of Redknapp's dog, Rosie, was nothing to do with footballing matters. The two-week trial at London's Southwark Crown Court threatened to derail Redknapp's progress at the pinnacle of his 30-year managerial career. Having led Spurs through their most successful period in the Premier League era, the Londoner was tipped as the outstanding favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England manager this summer. With his name cleared in the courts, nothing would now appear to stand in the way for the Football Association to hire him. The verdicts mark a disastrous end of an exhaustive inquiry into football corruption by tax authorities and City of London Police. Police began pursuing Redknapp in 2006 after he admitted having the Monaco account as he was questioned by the Quest inquiry into Premier League bungs. The transactions took place as the pair squabbled over a transfer bonus Redknapp was due for the £3 million profit the club made on the sale of England striker Peter Crouch. But the jury accepted Redknapp's claim that he knew he was "morally but not legally" entitled to the cash. A recorded telephone conversation between News of the World reporter Rob Beasley and the pair in 2009 was a pivotal element in the Crown's case. Redknapp telling Mr Beasley it was money for transfer bonuses was "the most compelling and important evidence", prosecutor John Black QC said. But defence barrister John Kelsey-Fry QC said the Sunday tabloid's evidence was "primarily despicable". "I do not shrink from suggesting to you it is repugnant to all our basic instincts of fairness in the criminal justice process," he said. The case served up high courtroom drama over two weeks as one of the biggest names in English football appeared in the dock and gave an impassioned display in the witness box. Redknapp attacked a detective for "staring" and shouted at prosecutor Mr Black: "You think I put my hand on the bible and told lies? That's an insult, Mr Black, that's an insult." Redknapp said he was "a fantastic football manager, not a hard-headed businessman" and had always paid too much taxes. He also revealed that he had squandered millions in bad investments and had the writing ability of a two-year-old. Serbian Mandaric, an entrepreneur behind a multibillion-dollar business empire, claimed he had paid £100 million in taxes during his time in football, adding: "Did I suddenly go crazy?" Redknapp, of Poole, Dorset, first flew out to Monaco - a tax haven - in April 2002 to set up the account. He did not tell investigators about Rosie 47 as tax officials investigated a £300,000 payment he received over Rio Ferdinand's record-breaking transfer between West Ham United and Leeds. But he voluntarily gave details of the Monaco account as he was questioned by the Quest inquiry. Mandaric and Redknapp embraced in the dock as the verdicts were read out after five hours of deliberations. Redknapp immediately left the court, while Mandaric walked up to Detective Inspector Dave Manley to shake his hand and say "Thank you". Judge Anthony Leonard made no comment other than to discharge the jury.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Redknapp favorite, Beckham in mix for England job

Harry Redknapp is already the favorite, and even David Beckham is in the mix. A day after Fabio Capello resigned as coach of England's national team, British bookmakers installed Redknapp as the man most likely to take the job. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is also among the candidates, along with interim England coach Stuart Pearce, Roy Hodgson, Guus Hiddink, Martin...

The Tottenham Game Is A Great Game For Us

The big news yesterday was to do with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, and of course Newcastle play Spurs on Saturday afternoon in London. Redknapp talks to the press after being found not guilty of tax evasion yesterday Harry Redknapp, the former Portsmouth manager and former Portsmouth Chairman Milan Mandaric were both found not guilty of two charges of tax [...]

Redknapp flattered by England coach consideration

Harry Redknapp said Friday his focus remains on Tottenham's pursuit of Champions League qualification _ until an approach is made for the vacant England coaching job.

Redknapp the ´best man´ for England, says Ferguson

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is the best man to lead England, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Fabio...

Innocent Redknapp questions prosecution

A relieved Harry Redknapp has labelled the last five years a ‘nightmare’ after being cleared of tax evasion charges on...

Arshavin eyes St Petersburg move

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... THE SUN Fabio Capello sensationally quit as England boss last night - finally paving the way for people's choice Harry Redknapp to take over. Wayne Rooney last night called for Harry Redknapp to be...

Real Madrid plotting Van Persie move

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... THE SUN Fabio Capello has emerged as a shock contender to replace Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager. The FA have not ruled out installing Harry Redknapp as England boss for just Euro 2012 and then...

Harry Redknapp favorite to become next England soccer coach (video)

Fabio Capello has quit as England football coach following a meeting with FA top brass. Capello decided to call it a day after the FA stripped John Terry of the England captaincy because of his ongoing court case where Terry stands accused of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Capello quit after a meeting at Wembley with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex...

Ferdinand wants Redknapp for England

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp to be the next England manager. Following Fabio...

Redknapp favorite, Beckham in mix for England job (AP)

Harry Redknapp is already the favorite, and even David Beckham is in the mix. A day after Fabio Capello resigned as coach of England's national team, British bookmakers installed Redknapp as the man most likely to take the job. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is also among the candidates, along with interim England coach Stuart Pearce, Roy Hodgson, Guus Hiddink, Martin O'Neill and...

Fabio Capello resigned from his post as England Manager

Ex-Real Madrid Manager Fabio Capello resigned today from his post as the manager of England. The 65 year old Italian announce his resignation today to the FA after openly express his views on the removal of John Terry as captain of the Three Lion months before the country take part in the Euro Championship. The FA release a statement on it’s website after Capello’s meeting with...

England soccer coach Fabio Capello resigns

Country needs to find a new coach with European Championships this summer. Tottenham's Harry Redknapp is the front-runner.Embattled coach Fabio Capello walked away from the English national soccer team Wednesday, leaving the program in chaos five months before the start of the European Championships.
Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.