Redknapp: Tottenham’s Walker must be punished for taking legal high

Harry Redknapp says there is "something wrong" if Kyle Walker is not punished by the FA after he was pictured taking a legal high

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Harry Redknapp left Spurs before taking over at QPR last year Photo: The Sport Review

Harry Redknapp says there is “something wrong” if Kyle Walker is not punished by the Football Association after he was pictured taking a legal high.

The Tottenham defender was photographed inhaling nitrous oxide on a recent night out in his native Sheffield but the FA said this week that they will not be taking action against him over the incident.

And Walker’s former manager Redknapp is shocked that the governing body has not chosen to punish the 23-year-old.

“If he doesn’t get some sort of reprimand there’s something wrong,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “I’ll be honest with you, if he was playing for Rochdale or somebody they’d throw the book at him, the FA.

“But because he’s an England player and we need him, it looks like nothing’s going to happen.”

He continued: “I’m disappointed with the way he’s behaved. I’ve got grandkids that are football mad, and they see that picture of him on the back pages doing that.

“It sends out bad signals for me. It’s not what I want to see. They [my grandkids] love him, they love all the [Tottenham] players.”

England international Walker has since issued a statement apologising for the incident.

“I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with the practice and accept that my actions were of poor judgement,” said Walker.

“I hope this will in no way influence or encourage others into putting their own health at risk.”

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