Minggu, 22 Januari 2012

Harry Redknapp blasts Mario Balotelli for kick on Scott Parker in Tottenham's loss to Manchester City

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has blasted Mario Balotelli after the Manchester City striker appeared to kick Scott Parker in the head during his side’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Balotelli avoided censure from the referee following an apparent stamp on Spurs midfielder Parker in the 84th minute and went on to score the winner from the penalty spot deep into added time.

“Having looked at it, it’s not the first time he has done that is it? And I’m sure it won’t be the last," Redknapp said. “He was annoyed he didn’t win the challenge and now Scott has a nasty cut on his face.

"I’m the last person to talk about things like that. I don’t like talking about people being kicked. I have got my own opinions. I don’t like people kicking people in the head on the football pitch. What reason did he have to back-heel Scott in the head? It’s not a nice thing to do. It’s wrong. I don’t like seeing people react like that to a challenge. I’m surprised the officials didn’t see it.”

The 64-year-old saw his side go two goals down only for the Londoners to launch a fight back through strikes from Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale in a whirlwind 10 minute spell.

Spurs even came close to snatching all three points moments before Balotelli’s late winner, as Defoe failed to connect cleanly with Bale's cross when presented with an empty net.

A loss leaves the Londoners eight points behind Premier League leading City in third place, and Redknapp conceded his side’s title chances are now slim.

“It’s going to be hard to win the title,” he added. “All I have said is we’ve got a chance and you saw today that there is not much between the teams. We are not a million miles behind Man City but now there’s obviously lots of points between us.

“We looked like we were going to score the winning goal at one end, then they scored it at the other. Gareth played a perfect ball to him. Jermain straightened to run inside and lost half a yard there so he couldn’t quite get to it.”

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