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Harry Redknapp talks to the BBC
"It was handball, but Foe didn't push the referee"
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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 17:27 GMT 18:27 UK
West Ham escape FA charge

Referee Durkin was involved in a final-whistle melee
West Ham have escaped disciplinary action from the Football Association, following Tuesday evening's Premiership bust-up against Arsenal.

Hammers players surrounded referee Paul Durkin at the final whistle, after Emmanuel Petit's controversial late goal and Trevor Sinclair's sending off had given the Gunners a 2-1 win.



We will also be expressing our concern over the general conduct of their players.

FA spokesman Steve Double
At a disciplinary meeting on Wednesday, the FA decided not to impose any punishment on the club, though midfielders Marc-Vivien Foe and John Mancur have been charged individually with misconduct.

Foe could be handed a stiff penalty after allegedly pushing Durkin, while Moncur faces punishment for comments he made to the referee after the final whistle.

Irresponsible behaviour

Spokesman Steve Double said the FA would write to West Ham to "remind them of their responsibility for the behaviour of their players".

He said: "We will also be expressing our concern over the general conduct of their players, particularly as they had an unusually high number of yellow cards."

In total Durkin not only sent off winger Trevor Sinclair for two bookable offences but also showed the yellow card to six other Hammers players.



Harry Redknapp was left in a black mood
Durkin, who was seen busily taking notes in the immediate aftermath of the incident, included his views in his official match report.

After the match, West Ham manager Harry Redknapp said: "We lost the game because the referee couldn't do his job properly.

"I didn't see anybody jostling him but, yes, they were very upset. I felt the same.

"I think we were robbed because it was handball for Arsenal's second goal. When the ball came to Petit he definitely handled it.

"And the throw-in which led to the goal should have been ours in any case."

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