Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp denies involvement
The Portsmouth manager Harry
Redknapp, nabbed in football corruption raids, claims innocence.
The manager of Premier League Portsmouth Harry Redknapp has
expressed disappointment of the way the London police is
handling the European football corruption investigation and
claimed he had taken no part in any illegal activities. Harry
Redknapp became the fifth person to be arrested by the London
police in relation to the football corruption investigation
going on for over an year. "This is absolutely nothing to do
with me whatsoever. It's not in my field to see who receives
what and how much agents are paid. I still feel I was only
called in because I have a high profile. I add a bit of a
profile to the investigation. The whole crux of the meeting
[with the police] was the fact that an agent had been paid an
agent's fee and had paid some of the money to the player. That
was the top and bottom of the issue, the player and the football
agent. There was nothing else for me to talk about,"
Redknapp said on Thursday during a press conference.
According to reports, police raided
Redknapp's home at around 6:00am, while he was away from home at
a Champions League match in Germany. Portsmouth's former
chairman Milan Mandaric was also arrested on suspicion of
conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Charlton player and
Senegalese international Amdy Faye (loaned to Rangers) is
rumored to be another one of the five arrested. Speculations in
the British press point to the transfer of Amdy Faye to
Portsmouth from the French club Auxerre, and from Portsmouth to
Newcastle, as the main target of the football fraud probe.