SHEFFIELD Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric – accused of sending bungs to Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp – told a court this week the financial transfers were gifts to a friend.
Redknapp and Mandaric deny two counts of cheating the public revenue when Redknapp was manager of Portsmouth and Mandaric was chairman.
Mandaric is alleged to have twice paid more than £90,000 into an Monaco account for Redknapp, avoiding tax.
The Owls chairman told Southwark Crown Court said: “I want to do something special for Harry because he means more to me than a football manager. This was something as a friend.
“If this was something to do with employment, I would have done something entirely different.
“This is entirely my voluntary thanks without contract. Something special for my friend from football into friendship territory.”
The trial continues.