Redknapp and Mandaric to face court over fraud allegations during their Pompey era

HAPPIER TIMES Milan Mandaric and Harry Redknapp
HAPPIER TIMES Milan Mandaric and Harry Redknapp

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HARRY Redknapp and Milan Mandaric will face trial for tax evasion relating to their time at Pompey, The News can reveal for the first time today.

Redknapp, tipped as a future England manager, is accused of two counts of cheating the public revenue between 2002 and 2007 when he was manager of Portsmouth Football Club.

He is accused alongside former chairman Mandaric.

The first charge alleges that between April 1, 2002 and November 28, 2007 Mandaric paid 145,000 US dollars 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 150,000 US dollars allegedly paid by Mandaric to the same account between May 1, 2004 and November 28, 2007.

Redknapp, 64, of Poole, Dorset and Mandaric, 73, of Oadley, Leicestershire, deny the charges and a two-week trial is due to begin at Southwark Crown Court on January 23.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC ruled on Thursday afternoon that a ban on reporting details of the proceedings could be lifted at 2.30pm today.

Redknapp underwent minor heart surgery earlier this month to unblock his arteries, and has missed a number of Spurs games while he recovers.

He was hoping to return to the touchline within two weeks, but said he had been advised by doctors to stay away for four or five.

Redknapp managed Pompey from 2002 to 2004 before leaving to take charge of Southampton.

He returned to the club in 2005, winning the FA Cup in 2008 before leaving for Spurs later that year.

Serbian-American businessman Mandaric bought Pompey in 1999.

With Redknapp as manager Mandaric oversaw the club’s promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in 2003.

He sold Pompey to businessman Alexandre Gaydamak in 2006.

In 2007 Mandaric went on to buy Leicester City after leaving Portsmouth. He then sold that club and bought Sheffield Wednesday last year, where he remains chairman.