Redknapp heckled at ceremony

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Harry Redknapp faced boos and shouts of "Judas" as he arrived to be granted the freedom of the city of Portsmouth just three days after quitting Pompey to take over at Tottenham.

Along with the players of his former club, Redknapp was honoured by Portsmouth City Council for their success in winning the FA Cup by beating Cardiff 1-0 at Wembley in May.

The council decided to go ahead with the honour for Redknapp despite his departure from the city. But as he walked up to the stage in the Guildhall, there were loud boos from the public and shouts of "Judas", while his replacement, Tony Adams, enjoyed loud cheers and chants of "Tony".

A red-faced Redknapp shook his head as one member of the public shouted: "Get off the stage."

The leader of the council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, spoke of the city's gratitude to Redknapp for taking the team into the Premiership and winning the FA Cup.

He said: "This is a very different speech from one I had planned. It is only right and proper to say that this would have been a speech about celebration and thanks. It still is - winning the FA Cup was a great feat, but it must now also be about sadness and goodbyes."

As Redknapp went to sign the register of freemen of the city, he was unable to find a pen, to the amusement of the audience.

Afterwards, he spoke of his pride at having worked at Portsmouth Football Club.

He said, referring to his departure: "My timing has never been very good and, this week, it could never have been worse.

"It's a great honour to receive this award, but I was only a member of a team. The fans are absolutely fantastic, but, most importantly, we assembled an amazing football team. The talent that is at this football club is top class. I'm sure with the players, the chairman and the support the club has, the club will only keep going forwards."

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