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Harry Redknapp calls for FA to change rules on yellow card appeals
Published : 09 Apr 2009 17:29:21
The Honduran was red carded for a second yellow following a foul on Blackburn's David Dunn and soon afterwards Blackburn came from behind to win 2-1. Spurs felt they had a case for appealing against the second card but rules prevent such an approach to the Football Association, so Palacios will not be able to play against Redknapp's former club. Speaking at Spurs' Essex training headquarters, Redknapp said: "It's a flawed system really that you can't appeal against a yellow card when it's blatantly wrong. "We all saw on TV that he doesn't make any contact whatsoever with the player. It's flawed that you can't appeal against a yellow card and get it rescinded. The same thing happened with Glen Johnson for Portsmouth. "That's was never a yellow card, his second, either, and it's crazy. Surely they can look at that and say it was the wrong decision, they've not made contact with the player, so it shouldn't count and he should be able to play." Redknapp turns his attentions to the visit of West Ham and he took time to praise Gianfranco Zola for maintaining the traditions at his former club. West Ham are currently seventh in the Premier League while Spurs are 11th, after the disappointment of a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn last weekend. But Redknapp admitted that, having played for and managed West Ham, he kept a close eye on the club and was impressed with its progress under Zola. "I went to West Ham at 15 and it is will always be a special club for me. The football they've been playing is excellent. The fans there demand a certain type of football, the type they've been brought up with, passing, people who can pass it, football they are playing is what I consider to be the right way and it has continued under Zola so they are pleased with what they've seen. "West Ham have turned it round great," added Redknapp. "The manager was a great player and everybody in football likes him, he's a special character and it's good to see him doing well. "It was always hard for him going there, as a Chelsea man, but they have great support there with people who understand the game. "He went off and coached the Italian under-21 team so he's looked and learned the ropes wherever he's been. "