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Harry Redknapp trial jury sent home for the night

Judge tells jurors to ignore any football matters before their first four hours of deliberations.

Harry Redknapp arrives at Southward Crown Court with son, Jamie, today.
Harry Redknapp arrives at Southward Crown Court with son, Jamie, today.
Image: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images

Updated 16.25pm

THE JURY IN the Harry Redknapp tax evasion trial have been sent home for the night.

The judge instructed the jurors not to discuss the proceedings with anyone; they had deliberated for four hours.

Spurs boss Redknapp and and former Portsmouth FC owner Milan Mandaric deny cheating the public revenue over cash paid into a Monaco bank account during the pair’s time with the south-coast club.

Earlier, the judge warned the eight men and four women to ignore football considerations during their deliberations.

Judge Anthony Leonard said at Southwark Crown Court: “Football is an emotive subject, stirring in an individual anything from deep passion to resentment.

“It has become so commercial that it may be thought by some to have lost its way.”

But he added: “This case is not about football but about allegations of tax fraud.” The judge told jurors he will only take a unanimous verdict.

The jury will begin return at 10am tomorrow to continue deliberations.

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