Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redknapp Rages over Hislop's Cup Call

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redknapp Rages over Hislop's Cup Call

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Byline: KEN DYER

HARRY REDKNAPP was still fuming today over the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation's insistance that West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop fly out for international duty before the weekend while at the same time allowing Dwight Yorke to play for Manchester United on Sunday.

Trinidad and Tobago, coached by former Chelsea manager Ian Porterfield, play Jamaica in a Concacaf World Cup qualifier next Wednesday and both Hislop and Yorke were due to travel today with the rest of the squad who have been at a training camp in England.

Hislop has only recently returned from injury but manager Redknapp was resigned to losing him for tomorrow's Premiership game at Bradford.

Yorke was also scheduled to be in Trinidad. It appears, however, that Trinidad and Tobago Federation officials, in response to a plea from injury-hit United, have allowed Yorke to join the squad after Sunday's match against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

"How can that possibly be fair?" asked an angry Redknapp today.

"Shaka can't play for West Ham tomorrow and then travel but Yorke can turn out for United the day after.

"United may have striker problems but one of my other keepers is carrying a knock.

"Either they can both play for their clubs over the weekend, or neither.

You can't have one rule for them and another for us.

It's very unfair and I intend taking this all the way although it's too late for tomorrow because Shaka has already gone."

Redknapp, whose team has won only one of their last 10 Premiership matches, will be forced to draft in either Canadian Craig Forrest or Stephen Bywater for tomorrow's game.

The West Ham manager must also decide whether to risk striker Frederic Kanoute, who is one booking away from suspension.

A yellow card at Bradford would put the French striker out of the FA Cup quarterfinal against Tottenham but Redknapp said: "If Freddie is fit I will play him, although he is suffering from a foot injury at the moment. …

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