Sulky? Yeah. But Harry has a point about TV InterviewsBy: Rob | November 2nd, 2010
Harry Redknapp has spoken out about the FA’s plans to charge him for his comments about Referee Mark Clattenburg’s call to let the Nani goal last weekend stand, by saying that if they do, he’ll stop doing TV Interviews altogether.
Spurs lost the game 2-0. but the talking point was Nani’s weird goal, United’s second. After the game Redknapp spoke out about the call, calling it farcical. But today he has stroppily hit back at the idea he should be charged for saying what he did.
“I would be sick if they charged me,” he said. “I wouldn’t take that lying down, no chance. I haven’t done anything. I didn’t go up to the referee, I didn’t run onto the pitch…I got put in front of the cameras within five minutes, I gave my honest opinion and that’s what I saw. I saw a complete mess-up, where no one knew what had happened and no one still knows really. There’s no way I’d do any more TV interviews. Don’t bother asking me speak to TV after a game again. I don’t care if it’s in the rules.”
Which is a bit dummy throwing on one hand, but on the other, he’s got a point really.
What is the point of having a TV Interview after the match – something the FA and Premier League actively promote becuase of TV revenues – if the manager would just have to lie and say something nice? It’d turn football bland in an instant. The whole point of those interviews is that they’re done in the heat of the moment and the manager still hasn’t had time to process the game and might say something stupid.
Obviously, managers shouldn’t use that as an excuse to tear ref’s apart – they do do an impossible job – but Redknapp didn’t really. He saw an odd series of events. and commented that the ref made a bit of a mess of it, which he did really. It was badly handled, even if arguably it was all within the rules of the game.