Recuperating White Hart Lane boss set for court date and possible jail time.
Football legend Harry Redknapp is to stand trial in January jointly accused of a £180,000 international tax fraud.
The Spurs manager, 64, and his former club chairman at Portsmouth, Milan Mandaric, are accused of two counts of defrauding the UK taxman between 2002 and 2007.
Redknapp, tipped as a future boss of the England national side, faces a two-week trial at Southwark Crown Court, London.
The father-of-two, currently recuperating at his Dorset home after a heart scare, and Mandaric both deny the charges. Redknapp has entered a plea of not guilty to cheating the public revenue, contrary to common law. The jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday January 23.
As the two men are accused of a common law offence, there is technically no maximum sentence, meaning that any defendant found guilty faces an unlimited fine or prison term at the discretion of a judge.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Harry Redknapp is of course recovering from heart surgery and news that the ban on reporting of his court case will be the last thing the Tottenham boss will want to be reading in the papers. The offence relates to alleged offences from quite some time ago but the threat of a tax evasion trial has been brewing for some time.
One would imagine that even the fact that the White Hart Lane boss is standing trial would make the chances of the 64 year old being appointed England national team boss increasingly unlikely.