Huddlestone escapes FA action

The England midfielder appeared to stamp on the striker after

coming on as a substitute during Spurs’ 4-2 defeat by Bolton. A

Football Association spokesman confirmed however that Huddlestone,

23, will not be charged, saying: “We can confirm there will be no

action taken against Tom Huddlestone.” The decision has been taken

because referee Chris Hoy has confirmed to the FA that match

officials did see the incident. Even if the full nature of the

incident was not seen by the officials, under FIFA rules the FA are

then not allowed to summon video evidence to try the case

retrospectively. The outcome means Huddlestone has escaped a

possible three-match ban for violent conduct and is available for

tomorrow’s visit of Sunderland. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp

insisted at today’s press conference that he had yet to see the

incident. Redknapp said: “I’m going to say something that you

probably don’t even believe: I never even saw it – and I still

haven’t seen it. “I’ll go outside and I’ll watch it right now, but

I genuinely haven’t seen the challenge. “I know there are a few

managers that say they didn’t see what happened, and I’m not

becoming one of them but I never saw what happened.” Television

pictures show Huddlestone’s left foot making contact with

Elmander’s chest. Redknapp claimed today Bolton were content any

contact had not been intentional. “I spoke to them afterwards and

they said they felt it was an accident,” he said. Huddlestone has

already avoided a UEFA charge this season after television pictures

showed his elbow making contact with the face of an opponent during

Spurs’ Champions League win over FC Twente. Redknapp insisted that

such aggressive behaviour was completely out of character. “Yeah,

it would be, for sure,” he said. “But if he did it then he did it.

If he didn’t, I don’t know.”