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HARRY: PROTECT US MORE.

Byline: By JAMES NURSEY

HARRY REDKNAPP has insisted that managers and officials should be given more protection at matches.

The Portsmouth boss, 61, was incensed after a home fan threw a coin at him in the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.

As fans abused Redknapp, assistant referee Phil Sharp was felled by the 50p to the head in the second half of the Premier League clash.

And the Pompey manager now believes security around top-flight dug-outs must be urgently beefed-up.

Redknapp said: "I hope that after this people will take action. Hopefully the FA will look at it and the Premier League will look at it - they should do.

"There was one policeman there and there should be more protection from police and stewards.

"Clubs have got to work hard and the police have got to look at the cameras and find out who did it.

"Then ban him for life, kick him out of football, we don't want that idiot, that moron, who threw that coin at our football grounds."

The FA have launched an investigation after Sharp needed treatment to his head at Villa Park.

He finished officiating the game with a plaster on his head, but Villa will ban for life the culprit after the incident by the away dug-out.

And Villa boss Martin O'Neill said: "It's serious, very, very serious.

"If he'd turned around at the wrong moment it could easily have put his eye out.

"It's unacceptable. Harry's definitely got a point, maybe dug-outs should be protected a bit more."

But O'Neill insisted the FA should punish the individual, not the club.

He said: "I would hope the FA sanction would not be strong against the club.

"We need to do something about it, and the club will do."

FA spokesman Andrin Cooper said: "We will be investigating this matter in co-operation with Aston Villa and the police."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2008
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