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Harry denies inciting crowd

21 Oct 2008 - 13:11:29

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has denied suggestions that he incited the crowd before the coin-throwing incident that marred the goalless draw at Aston Villa.

A linesman was struck on the head by a 50 pence coin that was thrown from the crowd, with Redknapp suggesting he thought he was the intended target of the missile.

Villa have promised to ban from Villa Park for life the person who threw the coin, while Redknapp said: "I never said a word to anybody. I stood up about a 20th of the amount of time that Martin O'Neill did.

"Who deserves anything thrown at them by a coward or a moron? To throw a coin at someone, they're obviously very brave people to do that.

"I was lucky it hit him instead of me. I was just glad it was a bad shot!

"That would have looked lovely if I'd have gone down but I wouldn't have given him the satisfaction of going down. Hopefully they find out what idiot it was and ban him for life."

Meanwhile, Redknapp does not expect to have Lassana Diarra available for the UEFA Cup game at Braga.

The midfielder has been sidelined for almost three weeks with a knee injury and Redknapp said: 'I'm not sure about him yet. We'll just wait and see, but it is a concern.

"Lassana has an inflammation of the knee and has been told to rest, which he has done. The worry is, though, he's lost ten days of fitness, so you've got to ask yourself whether he's ready to be thrown back in there against Braga.

"I wouldn't take that chance if there was any doubt. We've got a busy time coming up and I can't afford him breaking down.

"I definitely want him for Sunday. We've got Fulham at home and the league is important to us still, without doubt.

"'I've got to decide whether I risk Lassana or not. I'm not going to gamble on him, though. I just can't do that."


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