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Redknapp bullies authorities on stance over comments

Harry Redknapp stood his ground firmly this week amongst fears that he would be punished following his comments after the Manchester United match. I think this not only signifies his status within the game currently but also how The FA have shown a great deal of weakness as well as admitting that he had more than a fair point.

Managers comments have become much scrutinised by the authorities in recent years in order to protect referees but this recent non-action by the FA suggests that Redknapp’s comments were not far off.

The strict rules regarding manager interviews that have been ignored by Sir Alex Ferguson in a different set of circumstances would have looked farcical if another top flight manager had gone against the grain. 

Redknapp put his point across perfectly and I agree with him. Managers are asked to make comment on a whole host of things related or not to their own club so why should they not tell the truth? If they had a script of what they can and cannot comment on then there would be no need to interview them in the first place. Should they be inclined to lie about how they view certain incidents to protect referees or to avoid punishment?

I agree that manager comments should be constructive. In times gone by we have seen certain comments made by referees that have crossed the line. Some managers seemed to have held grudges against certain referees who they feel have continuously ruled against their sides unfairly.

But surely if somebody is asked to comment on a situation then they should be able to speak about it honestly. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear the views of the referee for post match comments. I’m sure that the world of football would like to see some kind of response from match officials instead of hiding behind ex-referees who always back their decisions.

For me the question we must ask is if the  protection of referees is as important as hearing the honest opinions of our managers. I think not.

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