Redknapp: I have nothing to fear

September 11, 2006

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has insisted he has nothing to fear from any investigation into football corruption.

Redknapp has admitted meeting a man masquerading as a German businessman and who was, in fact, part of the BBC's Panorama team working on a programme set to be screened next Monday.

'I spoke to this bloke for about five minutes, if that,' said Redknapp. 'He told me he had some world-class players he could bring to England and I said 'good luck to you mate.'

'We chatted while all the Portsmouth apprentices sat around and that was about it.

'He went away and I thought that was the end of it. Now I find I am at the centre of some big investigation, yet again.

'I haven't seen any evidence of anything and am not worried in the slightest. There is no evidence against me. I don't even know why my name has been dragged into all this.'

The Panorama programme threatens to lift the lid off football 'bungs' and comes at a time when Lord Stevens is about to release his findings on corruption within the game.