Redknapp blasts Balotelli for head stomp

BY foxsports • January 22, 2012

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp accused Man City striker Mario Balotelli of kicking Scott Parker in the head during City's thrilling 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium Sunday.

Balotelli stepped off the bench in the second half of an enthralling contest and had already been booked when referee Howard Webb failed to take any action following a tangle with the Spurs midfielder -- in which the Italian appeared to catch Parker with a flailing boot.

A clearly unhappy Redknapp insisted the controversial striker should not have been on the field to fire home the winning goal, in the fifth minute of added time, from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Ledley King.

"It looked like a penalty, but the boy who scored the penalty shouldn't have been on the pitch. He kicked Scott Parker in the head," Redknapp told Sky Sports.

"He does that quite often. It's not right. He's caught him and then he's back-heeled him again in the face and cut his head.

"You can't get away with things like that on the football pitch, the referee should be seeing that."

After an uneventful first half, City took control with goals from Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott before Spurs hit back to level through Jermain Defoe and a Gareth Bale beauty, with all four strikes coming in a hectic 10-minute spell.

Defoe then came within inches of winning it for the visitors before the late penalty drama.

The victory ensured City maintained a three-point advantage over Manchester United atop the Premier League table, after the Red Devils defeated Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

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