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Matt Dunham, Associated Press
Tottenham Hotspur football club manager Harry Redknapp puts his coat on after getting out of a vehicle upon his arrival at Southwark Crown Court in London, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Redknapp is accused of two counts of cheating the public revenue between specific dates in 2002 and 2007 when he was manager of Portsmouth Football Club.

LONDON — The judge in Harry Redknapp's tax evasion trial told the jury that football could have "lost its way" because the sport has become "so commercial."

Tottenham manager Redknapp is accused along with Milan Mandaric, his former chairman at Portsmouth, of concealing $295,000 of transfer bonuses in a Monaco bank account to avoid paying taxes in Britain.

Before sending the jury out to consider verdicts, judge Anthony Leonard told them that football is an "emotive" subject that can stir "deep passions or resentment."

Despite Redknapp and Mandaric being well-known personalities, Leonard said "there are no special rules you will attach to them as a result."

Redknapp managed Portsmouth at times from 2002-08.