Mario Balotelli should have seen red, claims Harry Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspur boss rages at Mario Balotelli over clash with Scott Parker and claims the striker should have been sent off
A furious Harry Redknapp has accused Mario Balotelli of deliberately kicking Scott Parker during Tottenham Hotspur’s dramatic 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday.
The Spurs boss is convinced that the Italy international should have been given his marching orders after appearing to catch the England midfielder on the head as he lay on the floor.
Referee Howard Webb chose to book Balotelli, who won and converted the Manchester City penalty that sealed the three points for Roberto Mancini’s men deep into stoppage time.
“Balotelli has kicked Scott Parker in the head purposely. He’s back-heeled him in the head,” said Redknapp after the game.
“It’s not the first time he’s done that, is it? I’m sure it won’t be the last. I’m the last person to talk about getting people sent off but it’s blatantly obvious if you see that.
“He reacts like that at times to challenges. Scott has a lovely cut on his head. I’m not sure if he’s had stitches, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
“I’m surprised he [the linesman] hasn’t seen it. The first [stamp] could be an accident, but the second one? He’s backheeled him straight in the head.
“I don’t like talking about people kicking players in the head but when you see that, it’s wrong. Whether he gets sent off or whatever, it’s wrong and I don’t like seeing people react like that to a challenge. Scott made a good block.”
If you have personally been in an incident under similar circumstances in Manchester, and you want to know whether or not you can make a claim about it, then you may wish to talk to the Irwin Mitchell Manchester Office. Visit the site at www.irwinmitchell.com.