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No surprises really - not guilty!

Today, after a 2-week plus trial, a case that has spanned 5-years and cost a staggering 8m concluded with both Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric 'cleared of all charges' in their tax evasion case...

It could also be revealed for the first time that both Mandaric and Storrieteller were cleared of 'dodging' tax on 600,000 in a previous court case last year.

This whole trial has summed up everything that is bad about football, with it seemingly highlighting that it is almost commonplace - apparently? - for managers to get bonus related cuts from player sales, which must place huge question marks over integrity within the game, even more so as integrity in football has been under question for donkies years really...

An owner cannot own two club due to concerns over the integrity of this, yet managers can get a cut of transfer fees, so where's the difference really?

Had it been you or I on trial I would be absolutely amazed if the same outcome, and conclusion from the jury, would have been reached!

The whole thing stinks if you ask me but what can you do a court has found them innocent so innocent they are...

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 8 2012

Time: 1:36PM

Your Comments

Can't believe they got away with it!, Honestly i'm so angry, i'm spitting the proverbial feathers! pha pha pha
penton
Its certainly hard to swallow and if HR thinks its justifiable to have 10% of any transfer gains can we have our money back please on the losses we incurred on the likes of Utaka?
mikeymidlands
ummm
Chix
they were never going to be convicted, and thats not being clever after the incident. the case hinged on a main witness who happened to be a news reporter. The repeated statement by the defendants, which sounds quite reasonable, that when they earn millions every year, why on earth would they hide 'mere pocket money' in a overseas bank to avoid paying a minute (to them) tax bill. the HMRC should now stand trial on why they have spent millions on this ridiculous case when it was never going to stick, but they will be a bit grumpy by the time they get to Pompeys case
Super Bock 1898
Loved the comment from Storrieteller on the Beeb, he now wants to get back into football to use his 22 years experience. This is the experience that helped Pompey into oblivion, probably.
Ihatemidweektvgames
I'm sure there are billions being syphoned out the country all the time, don't see much happeninh there. How cares outside of football, we have enough to worry about.
storagematt
Ihatemidweekgames, just goes to prove that Storrie is as mad as a box of frogs. But with the outcome of this fairy story, anything can come true in football. Lets all wish for a very rich owner to take over by the weekend! Fe fi fo fum I smell the ...............?
Mike1954
Never mind HMRC, give it a few days and you will be able to give Pompey a good kicking. That should make you bunch of inept clowns feel a little better shouldn't it?
Emsworthianblue
out of court into the england job in one day, fantastic
Super Bock 1898
apparently taking ken dodd, lester piggott and al capone as his backroom staff
Super Bock 1898
Hm.. I was daft enough to think he was going to go down! Whatever way you spin it, its more brown stuff associated with Pompey though isn't it, that we could do without. I wonder if the Spurs fans are under the illusion that 'Arry will stick around out of loyalty . . . . .
tracyc
ER......got away with what? He wasn't charged with having a clause in his contract to give him 10% of transfer "profit" and as Storrie said it's not HIS or Pompey's problem if an agent doesn't fancy paying tax. I sometimes wonder if buyers are put off Pompey because of the naive critcism dished out by people who don't quite get how the world works. Also, as far as I can see, Pompey's name was exonerated. This case was brought for populist reasons - everyone dislikes the amount of cash in the game ad the way it's (poorly) distributed. The fact remains that PFC Ltd has been a loss making exercise for as long as I can remember. A few have broken even, some have borrowed to buy success but if anyone finds a rich nutter with a football hobby down the pub the weekend march them to Fratton asap.
thepompeypaul
 

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