Professional Game Match Officials said that Dowd did speak to fourth official Uriah Rennie at White Hart Lane after Keane´s tackle on Birmingham´s Fabrice Muamba. But rather than seeking guidance on whether or not to dismiss the Republic of Ireland striker, it is claimed that Dowd was simply warning Rennie of what was to come.
"After taking the decision to send Robbie Keane from the field of play the referee, Phil Dowd, spoke to the fourth official, Uriah Rennie, to inform him of the action he was taking in order to aid the management of the technical areas," a spokesman said.
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