FA Goes Postal on Mancini and Redknapp
Disproving the popular theory that actions speak louder than words, the Football Association this week has been in touch with two outraged managers over their post-match comments.
December 28th, 2012
QPR boss Harry Redknapp and Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini have both received written requests from the FA seeking clarification of each manager’s reaction to refereeing incidents which caused individual outbursts following their matches.
After their loss to Sunderland, City manager Mancini hinted that referee Kevin Friend may have “eaten too much for Christmas,” having not been in good form for the match. A clear foul on Pablo Zabaleta – one Mancini found “impossible that two men couldn’t see it” – was not given, and quickly led to The Black Cats’ winner.
Meanwhile at Loftus Road, as his Queens Park Rangers side went in search of an equaliser that never came against West Brom, Redknapp targeted referee Chris Foy for failing to spot a handball in the box – one which even his opposite number acknowledged had happened after the match. This after the referee allowed the first Baggies goal to stand despite a clear foul on keeper Robert Green by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.
“I asked the linesman how he didn’t see that penalty – it was the most blatant handball you could wish to see but he said it was murky down there in that corner and he couldn’t make it out.
“Maybe he should go to Specsavers. I thought they were both awful decisions…scandalous decisions.”
The FA is seeking further observations from the two managers, as their teams come under increasing pressure of the scheduling black hole known as “the festive period”. It comes as the news emerges that Alex Ferguson will not face investigation for a verbal confrontation with referee Mike Dean during their win at Newcastle.