Redknapp unhappy with refereeing in defeat

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has stated that referee Chris Foy got a few major decisions wrong in his side’s 2-1 defeat against Stoke on Sunday, which ultimately led to the home team’s win.

A Matthew Etherington brace gave The Potters a 2-0 half-time lead, before Emmanuel Adebayor pulled one back for Spurs from the penalty spot.

There were a number of contentious decisions during the game; Peter Crouch appeared to handle the ball for the Britannia Stadium outfit’s opener, Adebayor had a goal ruled out for offside in the second half when he was clearly onside, and Ryan Shawcross cleared a Spurs effort off the goal-line with his elbow.

Younes Kaboul was also sent off for two questionable yellow cards in the fixture; Redknapp was not happy with Foy’s performance.

“Adebayor was a yard, two yards onside,” the visiting manager told Sky Sports.

“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.

“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?

“To be honest, from the start of the game, I felt like Chris Foy 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 concluded.

The defeat ends the White Hart Lane team’s run of 11 undefeated games, and Spurs must pick themselves up as they play Sunderland at home next weekend.

By Gareth McKnight