Harry Redknapp slates Mark Clattenburg


Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp criticised referee Mark Clattenburg for allowing Nani's controversial goal to stand in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Manchester United.

Trailing to Nemanja Vidic's first-half header, Spurs were livid when the Portuguese winger settled matters in the final five minutes after a bizarre incident at Old Trafford.

After Nani had handled the ball in Spurs' penalty area, Heurelho Gomes rolled the ball out of his hands as he prepared to take the free-kick.

But Nani simply stood up and rolled the ball home and, despite Spurs' protestations, Clattenburg, after consultation with his assistant, allowed the goal to stand, a decision that clearly irked a disgruntled Redknapp.

"What a farcical way to finish a game. It's a handball, he's deliberately handled it and it should have been a booking," he grumbled."Everyone has seen him do it so we think it's a free-kick, it's just the referee that doesn't see it.

"Everyone saw him do it so it's a free-kick. You can't lie on the floor and pull the ball back just because you've got the hump because you didn't get a penalty.

"It was a scandalous decision and the referee has made a mess of it all. It's farcical, but what can you do? It's gone now.

"In the end he'll come up with some excuse as to why he didn't see it – he couldn't see, he let play go on – well if he did that he should have been saying to Gomes 'play on, play on'.

"I haven't spoken to the referee, he's not going to change his decision and he's made a mess of it all now anyway."

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