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We have to blame the ref - Adebayor

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR accused referee Martin Atkinson of ruining Tottenham's FA Cup dreams and then claimed the lack of goal-line technology in football was "killing the game".

Spurs were thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea yesterday, but their task was made much harder when Atkinson allowed Juan Mata's 'ghost goal' to stand despite the fact that Benoit Assou-Ekotto cleared the Spaniard's shot before it crossed the line.

With Spurs already 1-0 down thanks to Didier Drogba's opener, they were compelled to throw men forward, and though Gareth Bale pulled a goal back, they were ultimately hammered via late goals from Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda.

Adebayor (pictured) said: "To be honest, we have to blame the referee. I think we have done well and he has made a lot of mistakes and made a lot of wrong decisions.

"To be honest, I'm just tired of it and everyone is talking about goal-line technology.

"They have to make something happen because it's killing the league, it's killing the FA Cup, it's killing the game, it's killing everything."


Spurs midfielder Scott Parker claimed no-one in the ground but Atkinson -- who did not consult his assistant -- thought the ball had crossed the line.

He added: "It was nowhere near the line. I had a perfect view. Four players were covering the line, so how the ball could've got over the line, I don't know."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp revealed Atkinson had apologised after the game.

Redknapp now faces the tough task of picking up his players for the Premier League battle for fourth place.

He said: "I've got to find a team among that group who'll have the nerve, the willpower and the desire to get that fourth spot now."