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Portsmouth boss Redknapp furious with police treatment

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is furious with the way he has been treated by police investigating football corruption.

Redknapp, who was arrested and released by police this week, said: "I went to watch a game in Germany on Tuesday night, Stuttgart against Glasgow Rangers.

"I travelled back on Wednesday morning and when I got to Heathrow my wife was on the phone leaving me hysterical messages about the police having been round to our house at 6am, accompanied by photographers from a well-known tabloid newspaper."

Redknapp did not name the newspaper, perhaps because he is a paid columnist, but was furious with the nature of the police raid and the fact that they had photographers in tow.

"My wife was on her own and was absolutely petrified,' he said. 'If you tell me that is the way to treat anybody, well I'm afraid that was not the type of society I was brought up in.

"Everything that has happened has been a bitter disappointment to me and my family, who were deeply hurt by the whole situation.

"I could just have got a phone call and been asked to pop down to the police station and have a chat about it.

"Why it had to be brought into the public domain and made such a big issue of, when I was not involved in any of it, I still find difficult to believe.

"I still think I was called into this being high profile. I add a bit of profile to the investigation because, to be honest, this is absolutely nothing to do with me."

After his home was searched in his absence, Redknapp reported to Chichester police station and spent several hours answering questions.

He said: "The whole crux of the meeting was that they wanted to discuss that an agent had been paid an agent's fee and had allegedly paid some of the money to a player, who was his player.

"That was the whole top and bottom of the investigation as far as I was concerned. There was no other issue to talk about. I wondered what I was doing there.

"What the agent does with his money is none of my business."

Senegal midfielder Amdy Faye, now on loan at Glasgow Rangers from Charlton, and agent Willie McKay were also arrested and questioned on Wednesday.

So were Portsmouth's chief executive Peter Storrie and the club's former owner Milan Mandaric, now chairman of Leicester City.

Redknapp insisted that he did not know a "more honest or straighter guy" than Storrie and hailed millionaire businessman Mandaric as "the man who came in and saved this football club".

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