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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007, 17:20 GMT
Redknapp anger at crowd 'abuse'
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp
Redknapp was unhappy despite his side's victory at Villa Park

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp hit out at the "filth" and abuse directed at him by Aston Villa fans during his side's 3-1 win at Villa Park.

Redknapp was seen to be involved in exchanges with Villa fans in the enclosure behind the Pompey dug-out.

He said: "You've got people saying stuff behind you with little kids shouting filth. I didn't bring my kids up to talk like that.

"Do we have to keep standing there and accepting that?"

Redknapp added: "It didn't happen when I went with my dad to watch Arsenal play every Saturday. There was none of this sort of nonsense going on.

"Maybe I shouldn't get upset but I do.

"What hurts me the most is when I see someone going at it, when they have got their little son by their side.

"He can talk how he wants to me but doing it in front of his lad and making filthy gestures just stinks. Maybe it is a reflection on society."

Villa manager Martin O'Neill said he preferred to speak with Redknapp before making any comment on the allegations.

Last month, Manchester United said they were compiling a dossier after claims that manager Sir Alex Ferguson was verbally abused by Arsenal fans during the 2-2 draw between the sides at the Emirates Stadium.

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