Redknapp in the clear after UEFA opt against charging Spurs boss over gesture to fans after trial jibes
Harry Redknapp will not face disciplinary action from UEFA over the clenched-fist gesture he appeared to aim towards Shamrock Rovers fans who verbally abused him during the Europa League game in Dublin.
Redknapp had been barracked almost constantly throughout the match by a section of the home fans taunting him over his pending court appearance and the Tottenham boss seemed to react angrily midway through the second half.
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UEFA waited to see if the incident is mentioned in two reports – carried out by the referee and UEFA delegate – before deciding not to take any action against Redknapp.
A spokesman said: “We can inform you that nothing was mentioned in the official reports about this and UEFA has not opened any disciplinary proceedings at this match.”
On Friday morning, Redknapp said: “I can”t repeat what they were saying. I am not allowed to repeat what they were saying to me. I didn”t do anything to them, no.”
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The Spurs boss, who saw his team exit the competition despite a 4-0 win at Tallaght Stadium, played down the incident, saying in his post-match press conference: “Did I make an “obscene” gesture No, I didn”t make… No.”
Redknapp continued by saying he held no ill-feeling towards the fans who had verbally abused him for large parts of the Europa League Group A clash.
“I have spent enough time in Ireland to know what lovely people they are,” he added. “If you go and meet them afterwards they are probably lovely people. But they get together and shout a load of nonsense and that is football. That”s life. I don”t hold any grudges.”
TV cameras failed to pick up on the apparent gesture.