Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Harry in Video Plea to Stop Cheats Fooling Refs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Harry in Video Plea to Stop Cheats Fooling Refs

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HARRY REDKNAPP today became the latest manager to urge football to embrace video technology to help referees eradicate the cheating that is threatening to undermine the credibility of the Premiership.

The Portsmouth manager will find plenty of support from other bosses following the latest controversy during Tottenham's 2-1 win at White Hart Lane yesterday. Television evidence clearly showed that Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes was blameless when Didier Zokora tumbled over in the penalty area.

But referee Chris Foy thought Mendes had tripped Zokora and awarded Spurs a penalty. Jermain Defoe scored from the spot - a 35th-minute winner that lifted the club out of the bottom three and denied Portsmouth the chance to join Manchester United and Chelsea at the top of the table.

"I could see it wasn't a penalty within seconds of the referee blowing his whistle because I could see the incident replayed on the TV monitor beside the dugout," said Redknapp. "Why can't the fourth official take advantage of the same technology?

"He's wired up the referee and if the official had a monitor he could inform the referee of the facts within seconds.

To be honest I thought it was a penalty when it happened. I thought 'Pedro, what have you done?

"So, the referee made an honest mistake. He was embarrassed. He apologised to me at halftime and said, 'I've made a big mistake. But what can I do about it now?' "The boy dived and it's cost us dearly. I'm disappointed, but referees need help out there."

Redknapp recalled the incident when Mendes was caught in the face by Ben Thatcher's forearm last August. Merely cautioned for the offence, TV showed the true violence of the challenge and Manchester City's Thatcher was later suspended for eight matches.

Redknapp said: "It is no different to that incident. …

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