HARRY Redknapp has admitted lying to a News of the World reporter.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager denies allegations that £189,000 paid into a Monaco bank account were bonuses for transfer profits while he was manager of Portsmouth FC.
Appearing in the stand at Southwark Crow Court for a second day, Redknapp said he lied to sports journalist Rob Beasley about the source of payments into his account to prevent a negative story appearing ahead of the League Cup final.
“I have to tell police the truth, not Mr Beasley, he’s a News of the World reporter,” Redknapp said.
Redknapp told prosecutors that he referred to payments as bonuses he was due for the sale of Peter Crouch to from Portsmouth to Aston Villa because he “wanted to make the point to Mr Beasley that it was paid by my chairman.”
BothRedknapp and former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric deny two counts of cheating the public revenue.
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