White Hart Lane boss rightfully peeved.
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Harry Redknapp today threatened the Football Association with a post-match media blackout if they charge him for his outspoken attack on the referee Mark Clattenburg.
PA Sport understands the FA will make a decision tomorrow whether to examine Redknapp’s criticism of Clattenburg in the wake of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League defeat at Manchester United on Saturday. The Spurs manager had been incensed at the official for electing not to disallow Nani’s late goal, which the winger scored while the goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes believed he was preparing to take a free-kick.
Redknapp branded Clattenburg’s decision “scandalous” but it was his suggestion the referee might “come up with a story that will make it all look right” that could land him in trouble.
Redknapp said today of the prospect of being charged: “If they want to make an issue of what I said then I’ll make some issues as well – don’t worry. Don’t expect me to come out on the TV anymore – ever – and speak to the press after a game. Otherwise, what chance have we got?
“If you want me just to come and talk rubbish and say, ‘No, it was a good decision, I’m quite happy with it’, then don’t bother to get me to come out after a game.”
He added: “We shouldn’t be dragged out onto TV two, three, four minutes after a game. I don’t want to go on TV; I’d much rather stay in the dressing room with the players. But when I’m asked a question, I give a truthful answer. He made a right mess of it all, and that was my answer. And I stand by that 100%.” (Guardian)
Harry Redknapp usually looks like he isn’t a very happy bunny and at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon you couldn’t blame him for lashing out during the post-match interviews. I totally understand where the Tottenham boss is coming from on this one. I see no reason why a player or boss can’t simply speak their mind about any issue that arose from the game they have just partaken in.
Unless their comments are in some way accusing officials of deliberately getting decisions incorrect I see no problem with it. Surely people are entitled to their opinions. Talking of which, why aren’t referee’s forced to meet the media after a game? Why should it be stipulation of a manager’s contract that he HAS to talk to the press? Bizarre.