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Feb, 7, 2012

Redknapp jury sent home for the night

Harry Redknapp will have to wait until Wednesday to learn his fate after the jury in his tax evasion trial was sent home for the night.

• Redknapp jurors retire to reach verdict

Jurors at the trial retired to consider their verdicts at lunchtime on Tuesday, but after four hours of deliberation, Judge Anthony Leonard told the eight men and four women to return to Southwark Crown Court at 10.00 GMT on Wednesday morning.

The jury were told to "keep their eyes on the ball'' when they consider their verdicts and to ignore footballing matters during their deliberations. The judge told jurors he will only take a unanimous verdict.

"Football is an emotive subject, stirring in an individual anything from deep passion to resentment," the judge said. "It has become so commercial that it may be thought by some to have lost its way.''

But the judge added in his summing-up: "This case is not about football but about allegations of tax fraud.''

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