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Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas could be in hot water with the Football Association for his remarks about referee Howard Webb following the 5-2 defeat to Manchester United.

The FA have written to the England player asking him to explain his comments about Webb, who awarded a controversial penalty against Spurs when the visitors were leading 2-0 at Old Trafford.

The England international reacted angrily after Webb penalised goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes for a foul on Michael Carrick. And TV pictures have vindicated the view of the Spurs star with Gomes clearly winning the ball as Carrick attempted to go round him.

Jenas suggested that the crowd got to Webb, who is widely regarded as the best referee in the Premier League, and he let himself be influenced in a pressurised situation.

An FA spokesman said: ''We have written to Jermaine Jenas to ask for an explanation for his remarks.'' The midfielder has seven days to respond after which FA disciplinary chiefs will decide whether he is to face a charge or not.

Spurs were leading 2-0 at the time and the whole game changed on Webb's decision as United steamrollered Spurs to win 5-2.

"I think it was a case of a referee crumbling under the pressure at Old Trafford really,'' said the 26-year-old. "The atmosphere, the occasion, the importance of the match, a lot of factors take their toll when making decisions.

"One thing which struck me about it was that he didn't even think. It was like he'd already made his mind up when he came out for the second half that he was going to give something.

"I think he will definitely admit he got that one wrong. It was a very important moment in the season.''

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