No UEFA charge for Spurs chief

Redknapp had been barracked almost constantly throughout Thursday

night’s Europa League match by a section of the home fans and

seemed to react angrily midway through the second half with the

apparent clenched-fist gesture towards the Rovers supporters. UEFA

said on Friday morning that they were waiting to see if the

incident was mentioned in two reports – from the referee and UEFA

delegate – before deciding whether Redknapp would face any charge

of improper conduct. And, after receiving the reports, a UEFA

spokesperson said: “We can inform you that nothing was mentioned in

the official reports about this and UEFA has not opened any

disciplinary proceedings at this match.” The Spurs boss, who saw

his team exit the competition despite a 4-0 win at Tallaght

Stadium, played down the incident last night, saying in his

post-match press conference: “Did I make an ‘obscene’ gesture? No,

I didn’t make… No.” Redknapp reiterated earlier today that he had

done nothing wrong. “I can’t repeat what they were saying. I am not

allowed to repeat what they were saying to me. I didn’t do anything

to them, no,” he said at this morning’s press conference ahead of

this weekend’s Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland.

During last night’s post-match press conference, Redknapp said he

held no ill-feeling towards the fans who had verbally abused him

during the Group A clash. “I have spent enough time in Ireland to

know what lovely people they are,” he said. “If you go and meet

them afterwards they are probably lovely people. But they get

together and shout a load of nonsense and that is football. That’s

life. I don’t hold any grudges.” TV cameras failed to pick up on

the gesture. Earlier this week Redknapp found himself in trouble

with the Football Association for comments he made about referee

Chris Foy following the club’s defeat at Stoke. Redknapp said Foy

looked like he was “quite enjoying not giving us anything” at the

Britannia Stadium, but only received a written warning from the FA

for his outburst. Last night’s gesture overshadowed a good

performance from the Londoners, who strolled to victory against the

Irish part-timers thanks to goals from Steven Pienaar, Andros

Townsend, Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane. The comprehensive win was

not enough to ensure Redknapp’s men progressed to the last 32,

however, as Rubin Kazan’s draw at PAOK Salonika meant Spurs

finished third in the pool – one point behind the Russians.