Harry Redknapp has put Peter Crouch's Champions League red card into perspective by reminding critics: "He hasn't murdered someone, has he?"
Crouch put a huge dent in Tottenham's Champions League ambitions when he was sent off 15 minutes into the club's quarter-final first leg thrashing by Real Madrid. Spurs must now overturn a 4-0 deficit in Wednesday's second leg if they are to keep alive hopes of making a final which they genuinely believed they could reach prior to the defeat in Spain.
The internet was awash with criticism of the 30-year-old within moments of his second booking, but Redknapp said: "What has he done? He hasn't murdered someone, has he? He's made a mistake, the kid, but what can he do? He's done it, we have to move on."
Crouch looked chirpy at Tottenham's training ground yesterday as Redknapp readied his squad for their league clash with Stoke at White Hart Lane today.
The 64-year-old insists he will have no qualms with throwing Crouch into the team for tomorrow's clash, and is confident that the towering striker will get over his mistake.
"Crouchy is fine. He will get over it. He has to," Redknapp added.
"It's done now. It'll take him a while to get over it but he can't walk around and want to hang himself, or something.
"He won't have any problems picking himself up. He is a good pro and a good lad. "People have to realise his goals took us here in the first place and it was totally out of character."
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