Football far less brutal - Redknapp

BY foxsports • September 18, 2010

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger complained yet again this week about dangerous tackles being made on his players, angering both Bolton manager Owen Coyle and Blackburn counterpart Sam Allardyce. And Wenger got no sympathy from Tottenham boss Redknapp, who reckons the game is softer than ever. Indeed, Redknapp told his opposite number that if he wanted to see bad challenges, he only need look at footage of games from the 1960s. That was when Redknapp was starring on the wing for West Ham and getting kicked from pillar to post by the likes of Norman 'Bites yer Legs' Hunter and Ron 'Chopper' Harris. "I think everybody got kicked, didn't they?" said Redknapp, whose side host Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night. "They'd kick you, wouldn't they? It was how it was. "There were hard men, weren't there? Norman Hunter, Ronnie Harris. "You knew what you were going to get, didn't you?" He added: "You can't get away with it now like you did in those days - nowhere near." Redknapp accepts the speed of the game now did make a difference but insisted modern-day challenges were in a different league to the "brutal" ones he suffered half a century ago. "If you were to put a video together from some of the 60s, it would be great," he said, admitting some of the footage would be x-rated. Wenger used his programme notes prior to Arsenal's Champions League win over Braga on Wednesday night to criticise Bolton's approach in the sides' Premier League meeting four days earlier. The Frenchman intimated he felt Trotters defenders Paul Robinson should have been dismissed for a tackle which left Abou Diaby with severe ankle bruising. Earlier this year, Wenger hit out at Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross following a tackle that saw Aaron Ramsey suffer a broken leg. Redknapp said of the Arsenal manager's complaints: "He's had one or two injuries and maybe he thinks that they've been hard done by. "It's his opinion but we haven't all got to agree with him. "The boy last year got a bad injury - Ramsey. It was a clumsy challenge from the boy at Stoke but I wouldn't think he went in to do what he did, that's for sure. "We all get injuries." Like Arsenal, Spurs have a side chock full of talent other teams will try to stop playing. Redknapp has no problem with such methods, saying: "People are not just going to let you play; they're going to be aggressive with you, they're going to get after you, they're going to close you down, get in your face." He added: "As long as it's fair. "If people come out and start just booting people, that's what the referee's there for." Redknapp will be hoping for a strong official tomorrow as Spurs hosts a Wolves side whose own physical approach has drawn criticism this season. Midfielder Karl Henry has borne the brunt, with Newcastle's Joey Barton upset at his treatment at the hands of the 27-year-old when the sides met last month. Redknapp said: "Maybe the referee could've been a bit stronger that day. "It was unusual to see somebody sort Joey Barton out like that." Henry was also the player who tackled Bobby Zamora when the Fulham striker broke his leg last weekend, although no free-kick was given. Tomorrow marks Redknapp's 100th game in charge of Spurs and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy today proclaimed him a "superhero" for transforming the Londoners from relegation fodder to Champions League qualifiers. "With my body?" joked Redknapp, who admitted he was embarrassed by such praise. "I don't get carried away with it. "When I'm away from here, no-one leads a quieter life than I do."


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