Portsmouth FC trio face tax evasion charges
High-flying Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is to be charged with tax evasion in the new year, along with his former boss at Portsmouth Football Club, Milan Mandaric.
The charges are the end result of a two-year long investigation into football corruption. In November 2007, police raided the homes of the club’s leading executives at the time - team manager Harry Redknapp, chairman Mandaric and club chief executive Peter Storrie. Redknapp has since moved on to Tottenham and Mandaric is now chairman of Leicester City FC. Storrie remains at Portsmouth, now struggling at the bottom of the Premier League.
While the footballing authorities have been unable to finger any wrongdoers, HMRC brought tax evasion charges against Storrie this November. The case alleges that the club failed to pay tax and National Insurance Contributions in 2003 on transferred defender Amdy Faye’s £250,000 signing-on fee. It is scheduled to be heard at Southwark Crown Court in the New Year.