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Tottenham boss Redknapp relieved as five year tax ordeal ends

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits the last five years have been difficult after he was cleared of all charges of tax evasion. Jurors accepted Redknapp's angry denials that he avoided tax on any payments over £189,000 found in a Monaco account.

His acquittal alongside co-defendant Milan Mandaric blows the final whistle on a five-year £8million police investigation which failed to yield a single conviction.

"I just really want to thank my legal team, they were fantastic," said Redknapp outside court.

"The support I've had from everybody at Tottenham and the support from Daniel Levy who, if he ever felt there was a problem when he gave me this job - this was going on over three years ago - would never have employed me.

"He knew this case should never have come to court and I have to thank the fans at Tottenham.

"The other night, at the Wigan game, 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 one, will always be special to me and I'll never forget that.

"The most important thing, obviously, is my family who have been pulled through it the last five years it's been hanging over us.

"I'm looking forward to getting home and seeing my wife Sandra and getting away from all of this.

"It really has been a nightmare, I've got to be honest, it's been five years and this case should never have come to court. It was horrendous.

"It was a unanimous decision, the jury were absolutely unanimous there was no case to answer and I'm pleased we can go home and get on with my life."

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