Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp cleared of tax charges

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Harry Redknapp speaking outside court

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been cleared of dodging tax, after a five-year investigation.

He'd been accused of hiding a bonus payment of £189,000 when he was Portsmouth manager, and not paying tax on it.

Mr Redknapp has always denied the charge and on Wednesday a jury agreed he was not guilty.

"It's been a nightmare, it's been five years, it's a case that should never have come to court," he said.

Outside court, he also thanked Spurs fans: "The Wigan game [on 31 January] was the most moving I've ever felt, for me personally to have them singing my name throughout the game while all this was going on, that will always be special to me."

The jury accepted that the money, which was kept in a foreign bank account, was a loan between friends - and not a bonus payment.

Former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric was also cleared.