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Injuries can"t stop Tony McCoy from riding Ascot winner

McCoy rides Ascot winner despite serious facial injuries to spark Henderson treble

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UPDATED:

19:58 GMT, 3 November 2012

When Tony McCoy arrived at Ascot on Saturday, he looked in urgent need of attention at the hospital beside the racecourse.

Only 24 hours earlier he'd been floored at Wetherby by a vicious kick in the face that would have put paid to lesser mortals.

Battered and bruised: McCoy was not to be denied a winner, despite his injuries

Battered and bruised: McCoy was not to be denied a winner, despite his injuries

After surveying the damage, his great
friend Jonjo O'Neill suggested: 'Most probably there is not another
jockey who would ride the next day after taking a hit like that.'

Iron-man McCoy has spent a lifetime defying medical opinion on his way to a record-breaking 17 championships.

For this is one of those rare sportsmen who has never willingly retired hurt.

On Saturday, he was at it again,
wondering what all the fuss was about as he turned up for work with 20
stitches in his face, two broken teeth and a patchwork of plasters on
his nose and lip.

First, though, he had to pass a
fitness test by a racecourse doctor who consulted the BHA's medical
officer Michael Turner before giving him the go-ahead.

Iron man: McCoy partnered My Tent Or Your to victory

Iron man: McCoy partnered My Tent Or Your to victory

Naturally, McCoy didn't doubt he was
able to take up his book of rides, though he looked an even whiter shade
of pale than normal after claiming his 101st winner of the season on My
Tent Or Yours for Nicky Henderson.

'I promise you I'm not that bad,' he assured me through clenched teeth.

'It's more superficial than anything else. I've certainly felt worse after a fall,' he added.

'I was holding the horse after he dropped me when he spooked, lashed out and caught me full in the face.

'I've broken a couple of teeth, but
luckily my dentist put in a couple of temporaries last night. The doctor
at Wetherby also sorted me out with a plastic surgeon at York Hospital
who stitched me up inside and outside my lip and on my nose.'

No wonder Henderson joked: 'I told
Jonjo I wanted a jockey, not the Phantom of the Opera. On Friday night
AP's agent Dave Roberts assured me he would not be riding here. But with
him you never say never.

'We all love our horses, but they
are accidents waiting to happen. I gather that if AP had been standing
any closer to the horse he would not be here now.'

On Sunday, McCoy is down for one ride at Carlisle, a round journey from his home of eight hours.

On Saturday, he confirmed that he
intended to fulfil his booking on a horse called Valley View as he
closes in on his next target of 4,000 winners.

My Tent Or Yours gave Henderson a quick double following the victory of Hadrian's Approach in the Ascot Underwriting Beginners' Chase.

Favourite backers were delighted with
the result when the 7-4 market leader was announced the winner after
snatching the spoils from The Druids Nephew on the line.

The runner-up had looked assured of
the spoils but Barry Geraghty got an excellent response from the
Henderson-trained winner to get up by a nose in the shadow of the post.

Rolling Aces finished third, three and a quarter lengths adrift.

Henderson said: 'Ascot takes a bit of jumping and he was learning all of the way around.

'I'm delighted to be here talking to you as I didn't think that he had won anyway.'

Roberto Goldback made it a hat-trick for Henderson as he ran out an impressive winner of the United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

Previously trained by Dessie Hughes and Jessica Harrington in Ireland, Roberto Goldback was making his debut for the Seven Barrows team in this Grade Three event.

It proved a dramatic renewal of the three-mile contest with a heavy fall for Charlie Poste from Le Beau Bai early on, while Sam Waley-Cohen also took a nasty-looking tumble from Frisco Depot as the race really started to hot up.

Geraghty looked to be in the driving seat from some way out aboard 9-1 shot Roberto Goldback though, and a sound leap at the last sealed a nine-length victory.

Duke Of Lucca kept on for second with Alfie Spinner a further four and a half lengths back in fourth.

Henderson said: 'We thought that he would run well but it was his first start for me and I didn't know enough about him.

'Ascot (for this race) was the reason we brought him over.

'We only started the horses really in the last couple of weeks and a day like this makes us feel a lot better.”

Raya Star and It's A Gimme could be
set for a rematch at Cheltenham in two weeks' time after fighting out a
thrilling finish in the William Hill Priority Prices Handicap Hurdle.

Raya Star
(8-1) just mastered It's A Gimme by half a length and the Racing Post
Hurdle at Prestbury Park on November 18 definitely beckons for the Alan
King-trained winner.

King said: 'He was carrying a lot of weight but I'm thrilled and I hope that I left a little to work on.

'He'll go to Cheltenham now, even
though he'll be reassessed, and is settling better. I don't mind going
up 5lb for winning a race like this.

'We'll then decide whether to jump a fence or not.'

The winner is a best priced 10-1 with
Paddy Power and Stan James for his Cheltenham assignment, while It's A
Gimme is generally available at 8-1.

A 9lb rise in the weights was not enough to stop Ivor's King completing a hat-trick in the Gardiner & Theobald Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Previously a winner at Exeter and
Wincanton, Colin Tizzard's charge turned the two-mile-three-furlong heat
into a procession in the hands of the trainer's son, Joe.

Turning for home, Otto The Great was
the only danger to the front-running Ivor's King, but he proved no match
as the 7-2 favourite pulled nine lengths clear with a further two and a
quarter lengths back to Thoresby in third.

Tizzard snr said: 'You can't hold this horse and he's ridden on his own at home as all he wants to do is gallop.'

The winning rider, who was claiming
his first win here for over a decade, added: 'He is improving and gave
me a better feel than at Wincanton last time.'

Andrew Bishop convicted of assault

Wales and Ospreys centre Bishop convicted of assault after drunken attack in Cardiff

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UPDATED:

15:11 GMT, 28 September 2012

Convicted: Bishop leaves Cardiff magistrates' court on Thursday

Convicted: Bishop leaves Cardiff magistrates' court on Thursday

Ospreys have announced that they are carrying out an internal investigation after centre Andrew Bishop was convicted of assault at Cardiff magistrates' court.

The 27-year-old Wales international left a man needing eight stitches after punching him in the face in what was described as an 'unprovoked attack' in Cardiff city centre in the early hours of August 20.

Bishop, from Treorchy, Rhondda, admitted the assault and was ordered to pay fines and compensation of over 1,000.

Swansea-based region Ospreys say they will carry out a 'thorough investigation' into the matter, but have selected Bishop to face Munster on Saturday.

Prosecutor Katie Pidgeon told Cardiff magistrates on Thursday how an 'intoxicated' Bishop 'was sat on the ground in a doorway with his head down' when victim Allan Hornsey asked him: 'are you all right.'

The court was then told how Mr Hornsey was slapped in the face with the back of Bishop's hand before he was punched, cutting his upper lip.

'He was throwing punches with his clenched fists with both hands,' Miss Pidgeon told the court.

Bishop, who has been capped 16 times by
Wales, at first denied the assault but later admitted it when shown CCTV
footage of the incident, which took place at 2.50am.

Dragon: Bishop last appeared for Wales against the Barbarians in June (above)

Dragon: Bishop last appeared for Wales against the Barbarians in June (above)

Back in action: Bishop plays against Munster on Saturday

Back in action: Bishop plays against Munster on Saturday

His lawyer Stuart Hutton described how his client 'enormously regretted' the incident and described Bishop as 'mild, polite and regarded as a gentleman who breaks up arguments on the rugby pitch'.

Mr Hutton added: 'He has never been disciplined or shown any card apart from a yellow for being offside.'

Bishop was ordered to pay 1,065 including a 465 fine and 500 compensation to Mr Hornsey.

Magistrate Frank Medina told Bishop: 'It
saddens the court that someone with your reputation and clean record
appears before the court.'

Bishop said: 'What happened does not
represent the person I am. I have endeavoured to conduct my life with
integrity and stand by values which are important.'

A statement posted on the Ospreys
website on Friday read: 'Following Andrew Bishop’s appearance at Cardiff
Magistrates Court on a charge of common assault yesterday and the
completion of the legal process the Ospreys can confirm that, in line
with our internal disciplinary procedures, we will be undertaking a
thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding events on the
morning of 20 August.

'There will be no further comment on this matter from Ospreys Rugby at this time.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Seve Ballesteros silhouette on Europe bags

Seve silhouette emblazoned on European Ryder Cup bags as captain Olazabal says: He'll be with us every step of the way

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UPDATED:

15:56 GMT, 25 September 2012

Justin Rose has revealed what having an image of Seve Ballesteros on the bag will mean for Europe's players – and himself in particular – at this week's Ryder Cup in Chicago.

Captain Jose Maria Olazabal would not yet confirm that his team plan to wear the navy jumper, trousers and white shirt so associated with Ballesteros in Sunday's singles, but an iconic silhouette of the five-time major winner is on their golf bags at Medinah.

The image recreates Ballesteros's most famous pose, a clenched-fist salute to the crowd after holing the winning putt in the 1984 Open Championship at St Andrews.

Inspiration: An image of Seve Ballesteros has been printed on all the European team's bags, including captain Jose Maria Olazabal's (left), based on his iconic pose after winning The Open at St Andrew's in 1984 (right)

Inspiration: An image of Seve Ballesteros has been printed on all the European team's bags, including captain Jose Maria Olazabal's (left), based on his iconic pose after winning The Open at St Andrew's in 1984 (right)

Ballesteros himself used the symbol for his own company and had it tattooed on his left arm, while many players thought it should become the logo of the European Tour after his death in May last year following a long battle with cancer.

Ballesteros captained Europe to victory in his native Spain in 1997 after playing in the biennial contest eight times, famously forming a formidable partnership with Olazabal.

Talking tactics: Justin Rose chats to Europe vice-captain Darren Clarke on the first green

Talking tactics: Justin Rose chats to Europe vice-captain Darren Clarke on the first green

And Rose, who won three of his four matches on his sole previous appearance in the defeat at Valhalla in 2008, has plenty of fond memories of Ballesteros to draw upon this week.

'I did get to know Seve well,' Rose told a press conference ahead of Tuesday's practice rounds. 'He was one of the few guys when I was struggling on tour when I first turned pro [Rose missed 21 cuts in succession] to put his arm around me in a sense, more metaphorically, but just to give me some words of encouragement.

'I remember my first Masters, actually, he just said well done because my first Masters was a breakthrough for me. I had turned pro and gone through some struggles and then having achieved some success to get there. He was just really nice and complimentary.

'There's some video footage somewhere of me chatting to him and my mum meeting him and you can see my mum blushing and stuff.

'Seve was definitely a special character. And one of my favourite memories is winning my first tournament (in America) at the Memorial Tournament, and Seve was the guy being honoured that year.

'A couple of times during that win I had some tough short-game shots and Seve sprang to mind and I was trying to picture how Seve would have tried to play the shot.

'He was definitely with me that week and one of my greatest keepsakes is the book from the Memorial that Jack (Nicklaus) had signed to me, and Seve has also signed to me because I relayed the story to Seve about how I thought of him and he wrote back and I got him to sign my book. That's something that I will cherish forever.'

In the swing: Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the second hole during a practice round at Medinah

In the swing: Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the second hole during a practice round at Medinah

Green fingers: Spaniard Sergio Garcia practices his putting on Tuesday morning in Chicago

Green fingers: Spaniard Sergio Garcia practices his putting on Tuesday morning in Chicago

Bunkered: Graeme McDowell hits from the sand on the second hole in practice at Medinah Country Club

Bunkered: Graeme McDowell hits from the sand on the second hole in practice at Medinah Country Club

Speaking about the image of Ballesteros on the players' bags, Olazabal said: 'We felt that this was one way that Seve could be with us every step of the way. This is the first match since he sadly passed away and a fitting tribute to a true champion and a great friend.

'Seve was an important part of the Ryder Cup because of the way he played and conducted himself from his opening match in 1979. This is the first time since then that he has not been present in anyway, because in 2010 he was able to talk to everyone via the telephone.

Acting up: Ian Poulter puffs his chest out in front of the American fans while walking off the tee box

Acting up: Ian Poulter puffs his chest out in front of the American fans while walking off the tee box

Luke's good: Englishman Donald hits his tee shot on the second hole during a practice round

Luke's good: Englishman Donald hits his tee shot on the second hole during a practice round

All smiles: World No 4 Lee Westwood looked relaxed as he headed out onto the course for practice

All smiles: World No 4 Lee Westwood looked relaxed as he headed out onto the course for practice

'Seve set a wonderful example to generations of golfers and for me there are many, many memories particularly involving the Ryder Cup. Now the best tribute we can pay to Seve is to go on playing for him and his image will certainly ensure he is alongside us throughout the week.'

P.S.

The European team weren't the only ones to unveil some inspirational gear on Tuesday. Masters champion Bubba Watson's caddie was spotted sporting some rather patriotic trainers during the practice round at Medinah (and Bubba looked like he approved of the choice!)

Patriot: Bubba's caddie, Ted Scott, shows off his snazzy trainers and Watson approves (below)

Patriot: Bubba's caddie, Ted Scott, shows off his snazzy trainers and Watson approves (below)

Patriot: Bubba's caddie, Ted Scott, shows off his snazzy trainers and Watson approves (below)

London 2012 Olympics: Chris Hoy wins gold in sprint at Velodrome

What a knight! Hoy muscles in on World Cup golds with double victory

Sir Chris Hoy did almost everything imaginable in the Olympic velodrome at the weekend other than dampen expectations.

He emerged with a second gold medal from this loud and sold-out World Cup — Sunday’s sprint title, celebrated with a clenched fist and a grimace of joy, to go with the keirin victory from Saturday.

He eclipsed the faltering Jason
Kenny, the young pretender to the one British place in the Olympic
individual sprint, with five months to go before the cycling community
reconvenes here in Stratford for the ultimate test.

Victor: Team Britain cyclist Sir Chris Hoy celebrates winning his second gold

Victor: Team Britain cyclist Sir Chris Hoy celebrates winning his second gold

Sprint star: Hoy battles with Maximilian Levy at the Velodrome

Sprint star: Hoy battles with Maximilian Levy at the Velodrome

He conducted himself in every race
and in every utterance as the indisputable team leader, cementing his
reputation as a worthy knight of sport and a substantial ambassador for
the country.

He also believes, ominously for all
those who have lived in his slipstream for so long, that at 35 he is
approaching the form of his life.

‘I have surprised myself,’ admitted
Hoy. ‘I didn’t expect to win two golds and a bronze (in the team
sprint). I was expecting some good performances but this is the best
I’ve been since Beijing. No question.

‘It’s not just about the cold figures
of fast times and air pressures, it’s about how you approach racing.
I’ve been a bit more confident, taking the race by the scruff of the
neck and I’ve really enjoyed it.’

Let’s remind ourselves where Hoy’s
form may, just possibly, lead him: if he wins two golds in London he
will have six Olympic titles to his name. Sir Steve Redgrave, admittedly
over a longer stretch, has five.

Pure delight: Hoy earned a standing ovation for his performance

Pure delight: Hoy earned a standing ovation for his performance

The key for Hoy yesterday was the
quarter-final showdown with Gregory Bauge, the Frenchman who won world
golds in 2009 and 2010 before being stripped of a third title last year
for missing drugs tests.

It was an epic contest worthy of the
Olympics themselves. Bauge took a 1-0 lead by half a wheel. Hoy made it
1-1 with a dominant riposte. On to the decider: Hoy took on the
challenge on the second of the three laps and had enough in those
oak-sized thighs to hold off Bauge’s late charge. The margin was barely a
tyre’s width.

The final, like the semi-final, where
Hoy beat German Robert Foerstemann, was easier: a convincing 2-0 win
over Maximilian Levy, who gave up the chase on the home straight.

The
victor punched the air, delighted no doubt by the proof his Olympic
preparations are on course. It leaves Hoy with the advantage over Kenny
going into the final selection event, the World Championships in
Melbourne in April.

Final effort: Kenny finishes fifth in the men's sprint

Final effort: Kenny finishes fifth in the men's sprint

Pity Kenny, the 23-year-old world
champion from Bolton, who lost out to Levy — another German. He tried to
be positive, saying: ‘Max is going quite well right now and there
wasn’t a lot I could have done. Mixed emotions. Chris is on amazing form
here. He looks really strong. He’ll get stronger and stronger
throughout the day.’

And so it transpired. Hoy, though, is too experienced a campaigner, too rapacious a competitor, to rest on his success.

‘There’s still a long way to go,’ he
said. ‘Jason’s a formidable opponent. He’s not going to lie down and
accept it. He’s going to fight back in Melbourne. He’ll be disappointed
but he’s not far away. He’s a crafty rider. We’re fortunate there’s no
animosity in our team. On the track there are fireworks, but off it
we’re friends. It’s tough to compete against your own team-mates, but
would be worse if you weren’t friends with them.’

An improvement is needed from the
men’s team pursuit if they are to win Olympic gold, after the quartet of
Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas surrendered
the psychological edge to the Australian juggernaut in losing the final.

No response: Pendleton eventually finished fifth in the Keirin

No response: Pendleton eventually finished fifth in the Keirin

Britain started fast and took a slim
lead, but soon disintegrated. Thomas and Kennaugh touched wheels. There
was no way back as Australia took gold in 3min 54.615sec compared to
Britain’s silver medal time of 3min 56.330.

There was mitigation and hope: Burke had just overcome shingles and, surely, they can eliminate their uncharacteristic mistakes.

Disappointment, too, for Victoria
Pendleton in the keirin. After an impressive build-up to the final, she
could manage only fifth. It was her fifth race of the day and the energy
had simply left her legs. She also alluded to a noisy hotel that
limited her to only three hours of sleep per night. There was bronze,
though, for Laura Trott in the omnium — the eighth medal of this British
success story.

At the centre of it, again, was Sir
Chris Hoy, veteran of 14 races in three days. ‘With the World
Championships coming up there won’t be any celebrations until August,
hopefully,’ he said. ‘I’ll try to get some sleep tonight.’

It was spoken like a champion.

Harry Redknapp heckled by fans in live Tottenham v Watford match

Harry heckled by fans as on-trial Spurs boss makes his return to the touchline

Harry Redknapp was heckled by fans on live TV as he made his return to the touchline with Tottenham.

The Spurs manager, who has been in court all week for the trial at which he is accused of tax evasion, was back in the dugout for the FA Cup clash against Watford on Friday night.

Broadcasters ESPN were on alert ahead of Redknapp's return amid fears that the Spurs manager would face a torrent of abuse at Vicarage Road due to the ongoing case at Southwark Crown Court. That never materialised, but Redknapp was still the subject of several taunts.

On the touchline: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at Vicarage Road

On the touchline: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at Vicarage Road

Redknapp smiled as he assumed his place on the Tottenham bench, clearly glad to be back at work following his week spent answering two charges of cheating the public purse at Southwark Crown Court.

Redknapp's assistant Kevin Bond had insisted that the absence of the Tottenham boss, who denies both charges in a trial which is expected to end next week, had not had an impact on the club's preparations for the game.

Match-winner: Rafael Van der Vaart (left) scored the only goal of the game

Match-winner: Rafael Van der Vaart (left) scored the only goal of the game

Redknapp was abused by fans at Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League last year ahead of his trial.

During the match he made a clenched-fist gesture at the home supporters and later criticised their chants.

Harry Redknapp could face abuse in live Tottenham v Watford match on ESPN

As Redknapp steps back into the dugout for live TV clash, ESPN prepares for fans' taunts in match coverage

Broadcasters ESPN are on alert ahead of Harry Redknapp's return to the touchline on live TV.

The Spurs manager, who has been in court all week for the trial at which he is accused of tax evasion, will be back in the dugout for the FA Cup clash against Watford on Friday night.

There are fears that Redknapp will face a torrent of abuse at Vicarage Road amid the ongoing case at Southwark Crown Court.

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Spotlight: Harry Redknapp outside court with his son Jamie on Thursday

Spotlight: Harry Redknapp outside court with his son Jamie on Thursday

An ESPN spokesman said: 'Our
commitment is always to serve fans with the best coverage of the match,
and to bring them closer to the action.

'Equally, we are very mindful of our
responsibilities as a broadcaster and to Ofcom’s rules, and will take
all appropriate actions from a production standpoint.

'Live sport is unpredictable – and
with that comes challenges – but we have an experienced team in place
that knows how to handle live sports and events.'

Redknapp – who denies the charges is is facing in court – was abused by fans at Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League last year ahead of his trial.

During the match he made a clenched-fist gesture at the home supporters and later criticised their chants.

He 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.

'I have spent enough time in Ireland
to know what lovely people they are. 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.'

Redknapp has vowed to take charge of
team affairs for the match against Championship side Watford despite the
huge distraction of his court case.

Spurs coach Kevin Bond, who has been
overseeing preparations with Joe Jordan, says the manager has no problem
stepping out at the match.

Raring to go: Tottenham's players train on Thursday morning

Raring to go: Tottenham's players train on Thursday morning

Raring to go: Tottenham's players train on Thursday morning

He said: 'Clearly the manager is not here, but very little (has changed) really.

'The training carries on pretty much
as normal and everybody has been getting on with things as normal so
there's not really a lot of difference except obviously Harry is not
here during the day.

'We had a similar scenario a few
weeks ago when Harry had a small (heart) procedure done and he wasn't
here for a week or so leading up to the Fulham game.'

Bond and Redknapp usually make the 250-mile round trip from Dorset to Chigwell together, but the Spurs boss has been staying in London this week during the trial, which is expected to finish at the end of next week.

The pair have been talking on the phone twice a day, however, with Redknapp keen to know how his players are getting on following last weekend's agonising 3-2 defeat to Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.

City won the match in injury-time thanks to a penalty from Mario Balotelli, who has since been banned for four games for a stamp on Scott Parker that went unpunished at the time.

Bond admits Spurs now only have a slim chance of winning their first championship in 51 years.

'The City result and the way it came was a kick in the teeth,' he said. 'We are eight points adrift (of City) so strictly speaking we are probably not (in the title race), but in three or four games' time that might be different. Hopefully we can get closer to them than we are now and then we would be back in it.'

Thoughts of any fightback in the league will have to wait until Tuesday's match against Wigan as Spurs face a tough hurdle against Sean Dyche's men.

Trial: Milan Mandaric arrives at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday

Trial: Milan Mandaric arrives at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday

Gareth Bale (thigh), Scott Parker
(hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (groin) are all doubts after coming off in training on Wednesday, but it is likely that none of the trio
would have played as Redknapp is likely to rest several of his star
players.

Champions League qualification
remains Spurs' main priority, meaning the likes of Steven Pienaar, Danny
Rose and Niko Kranjcar should get some game time, but Bond
insists resting key players does not mean the club are not taking the FA
Cup seriously.

'Champions League is our No 1 goal, but the FA Cup is hugely important to us,' the 54-year-old said.

'As a youngster when you played, you
didn't dream about finishing in the top four so you could play in the
Champions League, you all dreamed about playing at Wembley and lifting
the cup. The players crave a cup final. They crave playing in the big
games, the one-off games.'

Watford looked to be npower Championship play-off contenders until a recent poor run of form left them 18th in the table.

Bond still expects a tough game from the Hornets, however.

'We are fully aware of how difficult a
game it will be for us,' he said. 'It's Sean Dyche's first job as a
manager and he has done very well there.'

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Harry Redknapp won"t face UEFA charge

Redknapp off the hook from UEFA… but Defoe won”t be so easy on him over selection

Harry Redknapp has escaped UEFA punishment for his angry gesture in Dublin on Thursday but Jermain Defoe has given the Tottenham manager a fresh headache after demanding to start more often or be allowed to go.

Redknapp reacted to Shamrock Rovers fans taunting him about his pending trial during Thursday’s 4-0 win with a clenched-fist gesture.

But UEFA have confirmed he will not face disciplinary action after referee Stephan Studer made no mention of it in his report. A lack of footage capturing the incident contributed to UEFA’s decision.

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

However, as one problem receded, Redknapp was told by Defoe either to play him or let him leave next month. The England striker has spent a large portion of this season on the bench, with Redknapp preferring the combination of Emmanuel Adebayorand Rafa van der Vaart up front.

Nevertheless, Defoe has scored nine goals and feels he warrants a regular starting role.

And Defoe has warned Redknapp he is not prepared to sit on the bench for much longer — particularly with Euro 2012 round the corner.

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs” 4-0 win – but they still crashed out of Europe

He said: ‘I think it is well documented that I have been in the team, scored goals, and then been taken out of the team. Why, I don’t know.

‘It is hard to explain the feeling when you are starting games, scoring, the team are winning and you are not playing in the next game.

‘I need to play football, it’s as simple as that. There is a tournament in the summer. I did a lot of worklast summer to get to this position and I am not going to waste it by sitting on the bench when I know I should be playing.

‘If I was 21 I could sit on my hands. But I am 29 and I just want to play football every week.’

Harry Redknapp waiting on UEFA verdict over gesture

Harry faces anxious wait as UEFA ponder punishing Tottenham boss in row with fans over trial jibes

Harry Redknapp is likely to find out this afternoon if he is to 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.

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

UEFA confirmed that they will wait to see if the incident is mentioned in two reports – carried out by the referee and UEFA delegate – before deciding whether Redknapp will face any charge of improper conduct.

“We have not received the delegate”s report and the referee”s report yet. We will have a look at those to see if it is mentioned in there. They have to be submitted within 48 hours of the game, but they should be here this afternoon,” a UEFA spokesman said.

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs” 4-0 win – but they still crashed out of Europe

If UEFA deem Redknapp was guilty of making an offensive gesture, he will be charged with improper conduct, and could face either a warning, a fine, or a touchline suspension.

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.

Harry Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out of Europe

Harry snaps! Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out

Night to forget: Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League in Dublin

Night to forget: Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League in Dublin

Harry Redknapp has clashed with Irish fans making inflammatory chants about his forthcoming trial.

The Tottenham manager is understood to have responded with a clenched-fist gesture after being goaded by Shamrock Rovers supporters in Dublin.

Tottenham went out of the Europa League despite winning their final group game 4-0.

But the clash was marred by several instances of chants taunting Redknapp over his pending court appearance.

Redknapp is believed to have snapped midway through the second half, making an angry gesture at the home fans.

When asked if had made an obscene gesture towards the Rovers fans, the Spurs boss tried his best to play down the row.

“Not really. Did I make an “obscene” gesture No, I didn”t make… No.”

He added: “I have spent enough time in Ireland to know what lovely people they are.

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Four star: Spurs enjoyed a heavy win but still failed to progress in Europe

“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.”

Nevertheless, the incident could leave the 64-year-old facing a misconduct charge if UEFA deem the gesture to have been offensive.

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Young guns: Redknapp again fielded an inexperienced Spurs team

Redknapp was warned over his conduct by the FA earlier this week for criticising referee Chris Foy after Tottenham”s 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

Birmingham City also went out despite beating NK Maribor 1-0, finishing third in their group behind Bruges and Braga.

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Old heads: Defoe, Pienaar and Kaboul were among the senior players on show