12 Feb 2010

Former Portsmouth officials charged with tax evasion

6:05 am on 12 February 2010

The colourful English football manager Harry Redknapp and the former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric have appeared in a London court on charges of tax evasion related to their time as manager and chairman of the troubled premier league club.

Redknapp, now the current Tottenham manager and Mandaric, the Leicester chairman, have been charged with two counts of tax evasion relating to a payment of a substantial six figure some Mandaric made to Redknapp via a bank account in Monaco, allegedly avoiding payroll taxes due on the sum in the process.

Portsmouth's current financial woes, which could bring about their relegation from the premier league, are a legacy of chronic overspending on transfers and wages during the time Redknapp was the manager.