TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp is expected to escape censure from the English FA for his suggestion that referee Chris Foy "enjoyed" not awarding decisions in his side's favour during their 2-1 defeat at Stoke City on Sunday.
Though no formal decision has been reached on whether his comments transgressed FA directives that managers should not question the integrity of a match official, the game's governing body is expected to be lenient when reaching a conclusion today.
It is believed the context of Redknapp's remarks -- querying why his side saw a legitimate equaliser from Emmanuel Adebayor ruled out for offside and had two penalty appeals turned down -- is enough to convince the FA that the Spurs boss did not mean to imply any bias on Foy's part.
"I never complain about referees' decisions," said Redknapp. "I have not done it in 30 years of management, never. But today, I'm afraid, he got some badly wrong.
"I felt he was quite enjoying giving us nothing. He hadn't seen them, but when he goes home and watches them, he'll realise he got a couple badly wrong. And the linesman? When someone's two yards onside, like Adebayor was, how's the linesman not seen it?"
While Redknapp may not suffer for his words, the four-time Olympic gold medal winner Chris Hoy already has. The Scot was the misjudged target for abusive messages from Spurs fans who had mistaken him for his near-namesake Foy on Twitter yesterday, eventually finding himself forced to reassert his identity.
"Just for the record 1) I don't need glasses and 2) I do not lead a double life as an English premier league ref. That's Chris Foy," Hoy tweeted. He then added: "Still getting some rather amusing grief from Spurs fans! On the plus side I've learned some new 4 letter words today. #FoyNotHoy."
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez has more time to lodge an appeal for his latest charge from the FA, for making an obscene gesture at Fulham fans following Kenny Dalglish's side's 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage last Monday night.
The club had also been charged with "failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" in the aftermath of the dismissal of midfielder Jay Spearing, and both were given until 4.0 yesterday to consider their appeal. That deadline has now been extended, though it's not confirmed how long player or club now has.
Dalglish played a DVD showcasing offences carried out against his Uruguayan striker -- also granted extra time by the FA in recent weeks to defend himself against a charge of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra -- during the defeat and had revealed Liverpool intended to use the footage as part of their case.
• Celtic have been hit with a fine of €15,000 after their fans were reported for "illicit chanting" during the Europa League match against Rennes last month. UEFA's control and disciplinary panel was informed of pro-IRA chanting by the Strathclyde police on November 3. (© Independent News Service)