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Redknapp booed at award ceremony


Some - but not all - of the crowd heckled Redknapp

Former Portsmouth Football Club manager Harry Redknapp faced boos as he was made a freeman of the Hampshire city just days after quitting the club.

Redknapp left Fratton Park to take charge of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

But the 61-year-old was always due to collect the honour on Tuesday after guiding Portsmouth to FA Cup success last season, their first in 69 years.

Redknapp faced boos and shouts of "Judas" as he arrived for the ceremony.

Hundreds of people gathered at Portsmouth Guildhall for the event, which also recognised the Pompey cup final players.

Redknapp made freeman of Portsmouth
Most of the audience did not heckle Portsmouth's former boss

As he walked up to the stage in the Guildhall, there were loud boos from the public and shouts of "Judas", while his replacement, Tony Adams, enjoyed loud cheers and chants of "Tony".

During the ceremony, a procession carrying the FA Cup was accompanied by music from the Royal Navy Guard and the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.

Redknapp shook his head as one member of the public shouted: "Get off the stage".

In May Redknapp led Pompey to their first FA Cup triumph in more than 60 years with a 1-0 win over Cardiff.

But Redknapp joined Tottenham after the north Londoners sacked Spanish manager Juande Ramos following the club's worst-ever start to a season.

My timing has never been very good and, this week, it could never have been worse
Harry Redknapp

On Tuesday, former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams was promoted from Redknapp's assistant to become the club's new manager.

The leader of the council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, spoke of the city's gratitude to Redknapp.

"This is a very different speech from one I had planned," he admitted.

"It is only right and proper to say that this would have been a speech about celebration and thanks.

"It still is - winning the FA Cup was a great feat, but it must now also be about sadness and goodbyes."

Afterwards Redknapp spoke of his pride at having worked at Portsmouth Football Club.

Redknapp and Adams
Redknapp received a hug from new Pompey boss Tony Adams

"My timing has never been very good and, this week, it could never have been worse," he said.

"It's a great honour to receive this award, but I was only a member of a team.

"The fans are absolutely fantastic, but, most importantly, we assembled an amazing football team.

"I really do appreciate everyone turning up today and being so kind."

As he spoke, one heckler in the public gallery was escorted out by police and security staff.

But the majority of the crowd clapped and one woman shouted: "We love you, Harry".

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Richard Jensen presented scrolls proclaiming the freedom of the city to Redknapp and the cup-winning squad, led by Sol Campbell.

In 2003, the club as a whole was granted the freedom of the city after winning promotion to the Premier League.

The honour dates back to when fortress walls were necessary to protect a city.

It allowed a military unit "freedom of entry with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, a band playing and colours flying".

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