Harry Redknapp has accused Real Madrid’s players of deliberately trying to get Peter Crouch sent off in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final 4-0 defeat at the Bernabeu.
Tottenham’s suffered a serious blow 15 minutes into the first leg when Crouch was sent off for his second foul on a Real defender.
Redknapp was not impressed by the way that Real defender Pepe immediately pleaded with referee Felix Brych to send the striker off after the second foul.
“They made a meal of it. They made sure they got him sent off,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “When it happened they were all after the referee and overacting and the player was rolling around.”
Crouch apologised to his team-mates for the dismissal and Redknapp insists he holds nothing against the striker.
“Crouchy made a mistake and no one could feel more sorry than he does,” Redknapp said. “He’s been great for me over the years. He’s made a mistake. These things can happen.”