It’s all above board, insists Harry

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A TAPE recording of a phone call between Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric and football manager Harry Redknapp was played to jurors deciding if the pair are guilty of cheating the public revenue.

Harry Redknapp said “everything I do, I do above board” - and in another conversation with football corruption investigators he said: “I don’t care who looks, your people can look. Nobody will ever find anything on me. I don’t care who looks or how hard because there is nothing on me in this world.”

Redknapp said he was ‘sick and tired’ of bung slurs - and claimed he was victimised because of his Cockney accent and his name, Harry.

But prosecutors said excuses offered by Redknapp and co-defendant Mandaric for an £189,000 payment were ‘contradictory, inconsistent’ and lacking in credibility.

Redknapp claimed he had ‘received express reassurances’ from Mandaric that ‘tax had been paid’ on money paid into a Monaco bank account while Redknapp was manager of Portsmouth Football Club and Mandaric was chairman.

Both Redknapp, 64, of Poole, Dorset, and Mandaric, 73, from Oadby, Leicestershire, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue. The trial was adjourned until today when two accountants will give evidence at Southwark Crown Court in London.