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Harry: Atkinson made 'huge mistake'

16 Apr 2012 06:17:07

Harry: Atkinson made 'huge mistake'

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp hit out at referee Martin Atkinson after he gave a controversial goal that should never have stood in his side's 5-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

Chelsea were edging the contest at Wembley 1-0 thanks to Didier Drogba's first-half opener when Atkinson awarded the Blues a second through Juan Mata in the 48th minute. The Spaniard shot goalward through a crowded penalty box, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto cleared the ball with his feet while on the turf before the ball crossed the line.

"The second goal was a disaster," said a disconsolate Redknapp. "It was nowhere near a goal. It was a huge mistake. We looked too open after that and they picked us off. It was key. He's (Atkinson) made a big mistake. I don't see how he can give the goal. It's nowhere near over the line."

He added: "There were bodies on the line and the ball couldn't possibly get over the line. He must have (guessed). He can't have been sure."

Tottenham's players were incensed at the decision and surrounded the referee and assistant Mick McDonough after the 'goal', but it was already too late. It had been given.

Redknapp revealed Atkinson had approached him afterward to apologise.

Redknapp added: "I spoke to him. He says he feels worse than I do. I said: 'I don't think so'. He knows he's made a mistake and he says he'll have a bad week as well."

FIFA met last Friday to discuss the introduction of goal-line technology and tests will continue this month before a decision is taken in Kiev in July whether to implement technology, which is already used in a host of other sports.

For Redknapp, its introduction cannot come quick enough.

"Goal-line technology has to come into the game. You can't keep having situations like that," he said.


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