Warnock rages over dis­missal of Ralls as Spurs in­flict more pain

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Premier League - By Matt Law at Wem­b­ley

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

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