Redknapp set to face tax trial

Redknapp, tipped as a future England manager, is accused of two

counts of cheating the public revenue between specific dates in

2002 and 2007 when he was manager of Portsmouth Football Club. He

is accused alongside the then Portsmouth FC chairman Milan

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. Both men

deny the charges and a two-week trial is due to begin at London’s

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 on Saturday. Redknapp, 64,

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

recently he had been advised by doctors to stay away for four or

five.