Spurs boss awaits FA decision

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was on Tuesday waiting to discover whether he would be charged for his outspoken attack on referee Mark Clattenburg.

Press Association Sport understands the Football Association were planning to decide by the end of the day if Redknapp's comments in the wake of Saturday's defeat at Manchester United warranted disciplinary action.

It is also understood the FA would not be swayed one way or the other by Redknapp's threat to boycott post-match television interviews should they elect to apply a charge.

Upon announcing he would never again conduct another such interview - which would itself be a breach of Premier League rules - were that to happen, Redknapp said: "I would be sick if they charged me. I wouldn't take that lying down, no chance."

The Spurs boss was incensed at Clattenburg on Saturday after the official decided not to chalk off Nani's late goal, which the winger scored while goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes believed he was preparing to take a free-kick.

Redknapp branded the call "scandalous" but it was his suggestion Clattenburg might "come up with a story that will make it all look right" that could land him in hot water.

Redknapp on Monday denied calling Clattenburg's integrity into question but still repeated his accusation that the referee and his officials colluded to get their story straight.

"What I said is that when they get in their room, and I've said it before, that they would always make sure that they sing from the same hymn sheet," said the Spurs boss in what was an interesting echo of the events from an even bigger scandal that has engulfed the game in Scotland.

"Mr Clattenburg, in private, has said to somebody that I know, for a fact, that he made a mess, really. When the reports go in, all the assistants back up Mark Clattenburg.

"They all get together and make a decision - it's a fact. If it's a fact which people don't like, what can I do about that? It's a fact."

Redknapp's description of events at Old Trafford were backed up by Spurs' man of the moment, Gareth Bale, who described it as "a shambles".

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