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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp threatens media blackout

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Redknapp has threatened to stop talking to the media

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will stop doing post-match interviews if punished for describing Manchester United winger Nani's goal on Saturday as "a farce".

The Football Association will decide on Tuesday whether to charge Redknapp for his comments after Spurs' 2-0 defeat.

"Good luck to them if they want to make an issue of what I said, then I'll make some issues as well," said Redknapp.

"Don't expect me to come out on the TV any more, ever, and speak to the press after the game, because I won't do it."

With Manchester United leading 1-0, and six minutes of the match remaining, Nani slotted past Heurelho Gomes with the Spurs keeper looking on, believing he had lined up a free-kick after the winger's handball.

When I'm asked a question I give a truthful answer: He made a right mess of it all. That was my answer and I stand by that 100%

Harry Redknapp

However, referee Mark Clattenburg allowed the goal as he had not awarded Spurs a free-kick.

Redknapp's immediate reaction after the game was to say: "The whole thing was a farce. It was handball. Nani put his hand on it and dragged it down. Mark Clattenburg is a top referee but he has had a nightmare with that."

And asked on Monday about a potential sanction from the FA, Redknapp responded: "If you want me to come out and talk rubbish and say, 'No, it was a good decision, I'm quite happy with it', then don't bother getting me to come out after a game.

"If I can't come on TV when I do get asked a question and answer it in a truthful manner, am I supposed to come out after and say, 'It was a jolly good decision of Mark Clattenburg, I felt he handled it very well'?

"Then we shouldn't be dragged out onto TV four minutes after the game. I'm getting pulled out there by Simon the press officer to go on TV - I don't want to go on TV, I'd much rather stay in the dressing room with the players.

"But when I'm asked a question I give a truthful answer: He made a right mess of it all. That was my answer and I stand by that 100%."

606: DEBATE

Premier League rules state: "All managers are required to attend in person and participate in pre-match and post-match one-to-one interviews held by or for the benefit of a UK broadcaster on the day of a League fixture and failure to do so without just cause shall be a breach of these rules.

"Such interviews shall not be arranged in such a manner as to interfere with the manager's primary matchday responsibilities as regards team matters."

Ex-Premier League referee Alan Wiley, who now coaches the 16 select match officials as part of his role with the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO), has backed the under-fire Clattenburg. "What we have to remember is that the goal is within the laws of the game," Wiley told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The game hadn't stopped and so, in essence, Mark was right in law. You're taught right from the very start that you don't stop until the whistle blows or the ball goes out of play, so in law, the goal is a correct goal."

Wiley, who retired from refereeing in July, also rubbished the theory that Clattenburg should have disallowed the goal on the basis that Tottenham had not received an advantage after Nani's handball that preceded the incident.

"I'm sure that Mark must have thought at that stage, at 1-0 to Manchester United and Spurs wanting to keep the game going and Gomes had the ball in his hands, that he wanted to keep the game moving," Wiley continued.

Rednapp blasts 'farcical' Man Utd goal

"The situation is that if you're going to think about bringing it back, for instance if a player is fouled but then he loses his footing and he still can't keep control of the ball, then you can bring it back.

"In that situation there, Gomes has actually got the ball in his hands and has actually still got possession of the ball.

"What he then does after that is nothing to do with the referee. If he chose to throw the ball on the ground, that was his choice. He didn't throw it there because he lost control of it, so therefore in those circumstances you're probably giving the goalkeeper two bites of the cherry."

At full-time on Saturday, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said his belief that the officials were not to blame.

"You can look at the referee and look at the linesmen and blame them, but the goalkeeper should know better. He's an experienced goalkeeper. I thought he made a mess of it," Ferguson commented after seeing his men keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Tottenham were also unhappy that while their players were waved away by Clattenburg as he spoke to his assistant about the incident at Old Trafford, United defender Rio Ferdinand was not.

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And while Wiley conceded that Clattenburg should have also sent Ferdinand away, he did not believe the England skipper's presence had any impact on the decision.

"If you watch it again, although Rio Ferdinand is having a say, if you watch the actual conversations between the referee and the assistant, they almost blanked Rio Ferdinand out," Wiley added.

"I suppose in hindsight if Mark looks at that again he would have probably moved Ferdinand away as well."



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