Redknapp to learn his fate.
Harry Redknapp should hear today whether or not he will be charged for his outburst against referee Mark Clattenburg following Spurs’ 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday, according to the UK Press Association. The Tottenham boss was furious that Nani’s goal was allowed to stand amid farcical circumstances – which led to Redknapp commenting: “The whole thing was a farce. Mark Clattenburg is a top referee but he has had a nightmare with that.” However, it was Redknapp’s comment that Clattenburg would “come up with a story that will make it all look right” which is thought to be the focal point of today’s decision.
BBC Sport reports that Redknapp has since threatened a media strike should he be charged, though the FA are not thought to be taking this threat into consideration when making their decision.
Gomes backs boss.
Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes has stood by Harry Redknapp in the argument against the FA, stating that referee Clattenburg did not convey his decision clearly enough while Nani prodded the ball into the open net. Gomes had placed the ball on the ground in the belief that Spurs had been awarded a free kick following a handball by Nani, but play was allowed to continue and the United winger scored.
Gomes told the UKPA: “In my opinion, the whole stadium saw what happened. It is impossible the ref did not see the handball. He did not gesture in any way to play on, like you would normally expect. When I put the ball down on the floor, he started gesturing with his shoulders.”
The goalkeeper continued: “He [Clattenburg] is supposed to use his hands. It was not clear to anyone. Nani stopped the game with his hands but this is not basketball.”
Barcelona enter Bale race.
Imscouting.com reports that Barcelona have entered the list of clubs interested in securing the services of Spurs left-back Gareth Bale.
The 21-year-old has been attracting attention from some of Europe’s elite this season due to his superb form. Inter Milan are also thought to be chasing the young Welshman – and their interest peaked when he managed an impressive hat-trick at the San Siro two weeks ago.
Manager Harry Redknapp, however, has insisted the former Southampton star is not for sale, stating after that hat-trick that Spurs are “looking to build a club, not dismantle one.”
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