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After five years of investigation it took a jury just five hours to last week (8 February) acquit Harry Redknapp (pictured) of tax evasion. For Redknapp, clearing his name after the 13-day trial at Southwark Crown Court could leave the path clear to the England manager role recently vacated by Fabio Capello. For HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which pursued the high-profile case against the Tottenham Hotspur manager and his co-defendant, former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric, the outcome has led to claims that the case should never have gone to trial at all.

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