Redknapp Says Man Utd's Rafael da Silva's Red Card Was 'Harsh'.

Rafael da Silva Sees Red

Spur's manager Harry Redknapp remarked after the 0-0 draw, that Rafael da Silva's red card was 'harsh'.

Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson fumed at the referee Mike Dean for his vindictive decision on Rafael's second bookable offence.

Man Utd fans as well as footballers Rafael da Silva and Wayne Rooney were visably upset and verbally expressive in their unhappiness and disapproval of the Red Card.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp described the card as "harsh" - "It was Mary Decker and Zola Budd," Redknapp said, referring to the incident of the finalists at the 1984 Olympic Games in LA. "He was just running and he has clipped Benoît's heels. He has not broken his stride and stuck a leg out, saying 'I'll trip him'. He was trying to get out of the way."

Ferguson has clashed with Dean in the past, and was fined £10,000 and given a two-game touchline ban in 2008 for his reaction to the referee's call. Fergie remarked "I don't need to discuss it. You can see it for yourself. I don't have to discuss the referee. It's out of my bounds now, thank God."

United remain unbeaten and have two games in hand on their neighbours Manchester City, with whom they are level on points. "It could be a real thrilling end to the season," Ferguson said. "We have to win our games in hand. We go to Chelsea on 1 March, which will be a massive game. This was a decent point for us. Our defenders were particularly good." Redknapp said his team were the "outsiders of the five" contenders for the title. "But we are still there. This makes me realise we are not a million miles behind these other teams."

In the end, Tottenham were unable to take advantage of the extra man and United went home satisfied with a point which put them ahead of rivals Manchester City on goal difference - putting Man City in second place in the Premier League. Fergie's side remain unbeaten with 45 points from 21 games, with two matches in hand on City, while Arsenal are on 43 from 22 games. Spurs stay fifth on 37 points, a point behind Chelsea who sit in fourth.

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