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Redknapp calls for video technology after Keane heartbreak

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Harry Redknapp has viewed the Republic of Ireland’s misfortunate as reason to instigate video technology into the game of football.

Redknapp has had to deal with a dejected Robbie Keane after Ireland were controversially knocked out of the World Cup by France.

Keane scored to take the game into extra-time, but a France goal, courtesy of former Gooner Thierry Henry’s handball cost them a place in South Africa.

And the Spurs boss believes incidents like that are perfect reason why video technology should be introduced in the game.

“We’re watching it on TV and can see in seconds that it is handball.

“The fourth offical is tanding there, stopping people standing a yard outside the technical area. He could be watching the screen for vital decisions.

“Not every decision, but vital one and it would only take seconds. We’ve put a man on the moon and we can’t see if the ball has hit a hand. And it’s not going to stop the flow of the game.

“Maybe like in tennis, where they have three or four appeals per match. It was so blatantly obvious and unfortunately the human error has cost ireland.”

Redknapp also went on to praise Keane for his role in helping Spurs move away from the drop zone last season and wanted to see his captain rewarded with a World Cup place alongside many of his team-mates.

And an angry Keane could unleashed against Wigan on Sunday, should he be physically and mentally ready for the match.

“Robbie’s been working with the fitness guy, having a stretch and a massage.

“It was a tough game, with extra-time as well.

“It was disappointing to see. They worked so hard and played so well. To go out of the World Cup to such a disputed goal, an obvious handball, must have been a massive disappointment.

“It’s impossible to replay the game though. It was the wrong decision, but you employ referees for the best games. It was almost impossible to miss the handball, but they managed to miss it.”

Spurs will be without Ledley King with a hamstring injury on Sunday, whilst Sebastian Bassong is still ruled out with his as well.

Luka Modric is also still sidelined with a fractured leg and Redknapp has become frustrated that the amount of game time he’s missed has been more than anticipated.

“It’s been slower than expected with Luka, it’s already been twice the time we expected.

“He’s a little while away from being fit enough. We’re desperate to get him fit, but we can’t rush him.”

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