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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 19, 2006

Redknapp blasts abuse of LuaLua on internet

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp believes the 'sickos' who are allegedly making match-winner Lomana LuaLua's life a misery are not true fans.

The African striker kept a cool head to blast home an 88th-minute penalty and seal Pompey's 2-1 win over Watford at Fratton Park yesterday - after earlier revealing 'supporters' had posted internet messages accusing him of being lazy on the field, having a playboy lifestyle, being a wife-beater, and, worst of all, saying they were glad his baby son Jesus died earlier this year.

Redknapp said: 'I didn't know anything about this. Lua hasn't told me about it, nobody has told me about it. But who would say a thing like that, 'I'm glad your baby is dead'?

'There are always a few sickos about but they are not Portsmouth supporters, just a couple of sickos, probably, who go on websites.

'I didn't know Lua was having these problems. This is the first I have heard of it but he's been a good player for Portsmouth, got back in the team and played well last week after Benjani had been keeping him out.

'He has done well again to take the penalty against Watford and I can't see this being a big problem.'

LuaLua lost his six-month old son in January to pneumonia while away on international duty with his country and was arrested, and released without charge, after a domestic incident involving his fiancee only last month.

Meanwhile, fellow striker Nwankwo Kanu has been talking to a Dutch magazine about his love for Ajax and the city of Amsterdam and how he would love to return to the club he helped win a Champions League title a decade ago.

He was also quoted as saying he would take Tottenham's ex-Holland star Edgar Davids back there with him if Ajax wanted to negotiate.

The comments were picked up in the English press at the weekend, when Kanu scored his eighth Pompey goal in 12 games and also won the decisive penalty against Watford.

But boss Redknapp said: 'Kanu has signed here for a year and we don't want to let him go. This is his agent speaking, I guess, trying to get him a new deal. I might get one myself if I could convince the chairman that AC Milan want me.

'But if Ajax want him why didn't they take him in the summer before I did?'

On the playing front, Redknapp admits Pompey 'are running out of players' after the scruffy victory over Watford.

He said: 'Glen Johnson is out for some time with a torn thigh, Matt Taylor was too ill to play against Watford and Dejan Stefanovic, struggling with a knee ligament problem, should not be playing really, but we have no other left-backs and Benjani is out with his knee.

'Gary O'Neil should be back next Sunday away to Newcastle, but starting with that we have three games in eight days and might be stretched for numbers.'

'But we are third in the table and heading for the 40 points safety mark. That is still the first target.'

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