Adams giving refs a break

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Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has pledged to bite his tongue even if he thinks a referee's blunder has hurt his team - an unexpected boost for the Football Association's 'Respect' Campaign.

Adams admits he used to dish out fearful abuse to officials during his Arsenal playing days, but now Pompey's new leader is keen to set a different example from the technical area.

But he told the Portsmouth News: "Nobody is perfect. I can get things wrong and so can referees. And there is so much pressure on everybody, so much fear, that I can quite understand when people lose it now and then."

He added: "I understand, though, that referees are only human, too, and that it is a difficult game to referee now because of the pace of it

"So I will try to count to 10 and give them the benefit of the doubt - although I haven't been tested (as a manager) in that way yet.

"I am going to try to support them as much as I can - although they need to give us 10 penalties a year."

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