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Harry blasts referee after Stoke defeat

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has hit out at referee Chris Foy after his side's 11-game unbeaten run came to an end in controversial circumstances with a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.

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Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor was incorrectly ruled offside and denied an equaliser as Redknapp's side fought back after a Matthew Etherington brace had put Stoke 2-0 up in the first-half.

Adebayor pulled one back from the penalty spot before his second was ruled out and the visitors also had two spot-kick appeals for handball turned down and saw Younes Kaboul sent off as Stoke survived a frantic second half.

Redknapp said: "I never complain about referees' decisions - I have not done it in 30 years of management, never. But today, I'm afraid, he got some badly wrong.

"He hadn't seen them, but when he goes home and watches them, he'll realise he got a couple badly wrong, and the linesman... When someone's two yards onside, like Adebayor was, how's the linesman not seen it?''

There was also an element of controversy about Etherington's opener in the 13th minute as ex-Spurs player Peter Crouch appeared to handle in the build-up.

A Ryan Shotton throw had worked its way to Crouch, who turned to shoot against the post before Etherington followed up. His second, in the 43rd minute, also came from a Shotton throw.

Spurs dominated the second half and pulled one back with an Adebayor penalty after Glenn Whelan was ruled to have tripped Luka Modric. Tottenham then laid siege to the Stoke goal but luck - and decisions - were not in their favour.

Redknapp said: "We were poor first half, I hold my hand up. We didn't play well. But we changed it at half-time and in the second half we battered them. Unfortunately a couple of decisions he [Foy] got completely and utterly wrong.''

Redknapp's claim that he "never complains about referees' decisions" is not strictly true as the Spurs boss memorably rounded on Mark Clattenburg after a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in November last year.

United winger Nani handled the ball as he fell to the ground looking for a penalty five minutes from time. Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes lined up the free-kick he was convinced Clattenburg had awarded, but when the referee waved play on Nani promptly rose to his feet and slipped the ball into the unguarded net.

"[The referee] has ruined my weekend," Redknapp subsequently wrote in his Sun newspaper column. "He is responsible for one of the worst refereeing decisions ever. And each time I watch it, it gets worse. I like Mark, he is a good, honest guy and a good referee - but he knows he's cocked this one up. He's had a nightmare.

"I would never have dreamed in a million years we would be undone in the way we were... by one of the worst refereeing decisions of all time. After a lifetime in the game, not many things still shock me. But this one did."


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