Redknapp fumes at Foy

Harry Redknapp was less than happy with referee Chris Foy after Tottenham surrendered their winning run in a 2-1 defeat by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Matthew Etherington’s first-half double put the hosts in control, butEmmanuel Adebayor halved the deficit from the spot and saw a second goal wrongly chalked off for offside.

Spurs were also denied a penalty after an apparent Ryan Shawcross handball on the line.

Younes Kaboul was sent off for two bookable offences to compound the London side’s woes after Adebayor’s strike was ruled out.

“Adebayor was a yard, two yards onside,” Spurs boss Redknapp told Sky Sports HD1. “Younes Kaboul got a yellow for saying to the referee he had handballed it and he didn’t deserve a yellow for the second.

“We certainly deserved to get something from the game.

“When you see the replays, how the referee gave Adebayor offside and how he didn’t see the handball – in fact there were two handballs – I don’t know.


“We just started sloppy. At half-time we sorted things out and played with three at the back and dominated them in the second half.

“I just changed the system and decided to play Gareth Bale as a wing-back and play Rafael [Van der Vaart] behind the front two.

“We went with that and it suited us and in the second half we took control of the game.

“We’ve just got to go again now. This is a tough place to come. No-one gets an easy game at Stoke.”

Redknapp said he spoke to Foy after the game about his decisions, as he explained: “Yes I told him. I never go and talk to referees after a game, I accept defeat.

“I never complain about referees’ decisions – I have not done it in 30 years of management, never. But today, I’m afraid, he got some badly wrong.

“He hadn’t seen them, but when he goes home tonight and watches them, he’ll realise he got a couple badly wrong, and the linesman…


“When someone’s two yards onside, like Adebayor was, how’s the linesman not seen it?”

And Redknapp, speaking in his post-match press conference, was not finished there.

He said: “To be honest, from the start of the game, I felt like he wasn’t going to give us much today.

“I just felt like he was quite enjoying not giving us anything.

“He’s not made mistakes because he meant to, he is an honest guy, but today I just felt he had a bad day, and so did the linesman who missed Adebayor being two yards onside.

“He’ll look at it tonight, on TV, when his wife is making him a bacon sandwich and think, ‘Oh **** me, what have I done there?'”.