Warnock rages over dismissal of Ralls as Spurs inflict more pain
Neil Warnock hit out at Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane for his role in the Joe Ralls red card that reduced Cardiff City to 10 men, but denied shouting “t---” at the England captain.
Ralls was sent off for a second-half challenge on Lucas Moura as an Eric Dier goal condemned relegation favourites Cardiff to a sixth Premier League defeat in eight games.
Cardiff manager Warnock received a ticking off from referee Mike Dean for his reaction to the decision and the involvement of Kane, who pushed Ralls and remonstrated with the officials.
Video replays suggested Warnock had shouted: “Harry, f---ing well done. T---”. But, asked if he had called Kane a t---, the 69-year-old said: “Who? The linesman? Which one, there’s about 10 of them out there. I wouldn’t say that. It would be twit, wouldn’t it?”
However, Warnock made no effort to hide his displeasure at Kane’s role in the red card, adding: “He’s doing that to make an issue of it to make the referee think it’s worse than what it is. England player going off like that, dear me. He went straight in and pushed him, didn’t he, so why not give him a red?
“I don’t think he needs to do that. I love him, but I don’t think you should try to get other pros sent off just because he’s had a poor game. He shouldn’t take it out on us.”
Warnock also claimed Dean was going to show Ralls a yellow card until his assistants intervened, saying: “I thought it was very soft. He said violent conduct. I don’t see it. I think it was cynical. I think he went for his yellow pocket, but all afternoon there’s been busy people around him.
“He said it was a group decision. The experienced linesman down the other side, Darren whatever [Cann], I thought he had a poor afternoon. It wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t con- tribute to that.
“In his ear plugs, I think he got influenced. I don’t think Mike Dean needs influencing because he’s a top referee. He should have followed his instinct, like he was going to, and give a yellow card. I don’t think it helped being surrounded by 15 white shirts.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was only yards from the Ralls foul and said: “From where I was in that moment, it was off, red card. The same reaction as the referee. I understand if they complain about the situation.”
Asked about Warnock, Pochettino added: “You know better than me, him. He’s so expressive. He shows a lot of passion. I don’t know him in his life, but in football, yes, after six years here. I think it’s good.”
Flash point: Joe Ralls’ challenge on Lucas Moura led to the Cardiff man’s sending off