Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp accused referee Howard Webb of making a "terrible mistake" that robbed his team of victory over Manchester United and made it increasingly likely that the Premier League title will remain at Old Trafford.
Redknapp could not see any way United were going to haul themselves back into the contest after Darren Bent and Luka Modric had given Spurs a deserved half-time lead until Webb awarded United a penalty on thier way to a 5-2 victory.
"The referee made a terrible mistake," said Redknapp. "The players can't believe it because it changed the face of the game."
He added: "United were not going to win unless something like that happened."
Redknapp challenged Webb after the final whistle, although he got nothing better than the offer of an apology if the FA Cup final referee had got it wrong.
"You should have technology," he said. "The fourth official should be watching the TV monitor and talking to the referee.
"The guy has not done it on purpose, it is just a bad decision but it was the turning point."
Even Sir Alex Ferguson admitted United had benefited from a large slice of luck.
However, given that United were dumped out of the FA Cup by Everton last weekend after being denied a spot-kick when Danny Welbeck was sent flying by Phil Jagielka, the Scot is making no apologies.
"We were a bit fortunate but football is a funny game," said Ferguson. "You get terrible decisions. We got one last week. You have to deal with them and get on with it."
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