Redknapp slams officials and says linesman ‘should go to Specsavers’ after West Brom defeat
Harry Redknapp was incensed with the match officials after the 2-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, a result that sees QPR slip to bottom of the Premier League.
Two decisions particularly angered the 65-year-old concerning West Brom’s winning goal when goalkeeper Robert Green seemed to be impeded by Marc-Antoine Fortune on the goal-line, while in injury time a Rangers penalty appeal was turned down after Liam Ridgewell handballed in the area.
“I thought they were awful decisions, I thought the referee got them completely wrong,” fumed Redknapp.
“How you don’t see the penalty at the end… Liam Ridgewell’s has got his hand right up in the air.
“It is the most blatant hand ball you could wish to see and he doesn’t see the linesman.”
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Green endured a day to forget when he was forced by Fortune to palm the ball into his own net, much to his manager’s dismay.
The Hoops chief’s anger was only exacerbated when Baggies defender Ridgewell’s hand seemed to connect with the ball inside West Bromwich Albion’s area.
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Redknapp said he approached assistant referee Harry Lennard at the final whistle to ask him why he did not see the incident.
“I said to the linesman, ‘How did you not see it?’ He said, ‘Well it was murky down there in that corner and I couldn’t see it.’ I just thought maybe he should go to Specsavers.
“I hate hearing managers moan about decisions saying we got robbed. Every year it is the same people.
“I don’t slag referees off. It is once-a-year with me.
“But that today was poor. [There were] two vital decisions which were so important to us.
“Fortune has got no intention of playing the ball, and that is obstruction. How can that stand?”
QPR must regroup ahead of Sunday’s match with Liverpool at Loftus Road and Redknapp declared his charges cannot give up hope of retaining their Premier League status.
“I couldn’t fault the effort of the lads,” he added. “It was a bad day for us, bad result. [We are] bang in the middle of trouble, stuck at the bottom but it isn’t over yet.”