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Referee knows he made a big mistake, says Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp pictured during yesterday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium

looks frustrated during the FA Cup, sem-final at Wembley Stadium, London
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp pictured during yesterday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium looks frustrated during the FA Cup, sem-final at Wembley Stadium, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur is restrained as he clashes with John Obi Mikel of Chelsea (R) during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates Michael Carrick (L) and Ashley Young (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 15, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates Michael Carrick (L) and Ashley Young (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 15, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores the opening goal from a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 15, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Harry Redknapp manager of Tottenham Hotspur (R) and Roberto Di Matteo caretaker manager of Chelsea look on during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Referee Martin Atkinson signals during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur evades Juan Mata of Chelsea during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur evades David Luiz of Chelsea during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Didier Drogba of Chelsea mishits a shot during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: David Luiz of Chelsea is tackled by Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Carlo Cudicini of Tottenham Hotspur foils Juan Mata of Chelsea during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: (R-L) Didier Drogba of Chelsea is watched by William Gallas, Rafael van der Vaart and Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: (L-R) John Obi Mikel of Chelsea battles with Kyle Walker and Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Didier Drogba of Chelsea (11) celebrates with John Obi Mikel as he scores their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur is brought down by Petr Cech of Chelsea before team mate Gareth Bale (R) scores their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Juan Mata of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their second during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Juan Mata of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their second during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: (L-R) Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker and Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur appeal to referee Martin Atkinson after Juan Mata of Chelsea scores their second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: David Luiz of Chelsea is stretchered off during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur appeals to referee Martin Atkinson after Juan Mata of Chelsea scores their second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Juan Mata of Chelsea (10) celebrates with team mates Ramires and Ashley Cole (3) as he scores their second during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Salomon Kalou of Chelsea holds off Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea scores their fourth goal from a free kick during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their fourth goal from a free kick during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea (R) celebrates as Ramires (obscured) scores their third goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates as Ramires scores their third goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Ramires of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their thrid goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Ramires of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their thrid goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Florent Malouda of Chelsea (15) celebrates with team mates as he scores their fifth goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their fifth goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur is restrained as he clashes with John Obi Mikel of Chelsea (R) during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur is restrained as he clashes with John Obi Mikel of Chelsea (R) during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Salomon Kalou of Chelsea looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A view of empty seats as the electronic board shows the score during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their fifth goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Tottenham Hotspur looks despondent during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: John Terry of Chelsea hands his boots to a fan after victory in the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their fourth goal from a free kick during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their fifth goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Ramires of Chelsea celebrates with Didier Drogba as he scores their third goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A view of empty seats as the electronic board shows the score during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: John Terry of Chelsea hands his boots to a fan after victory in the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates with Didier Drogba as he scores their fourth goal from a free kick during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Frank Lampard of Chelsea during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur is brought down by Petr Cech of Chelsea before team mate Gareth Bale (R) scores their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: John Terry of Chelsea salutes fans after victory in the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Young fans celebrate with John Terry of Chelsea's boot after victory in the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Florent Malouda of Chelsea is tackled by Kyle Walker of Spurs during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Didier Drogba of Chelsea is brought down by William Gallas of Spurs to win the free kick that Frank Lampard of Chelsea scored his team's fourth goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp revealed last night that referee Martin Atkinson admitted to him in the aftermath of Spurs' 5-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea that he had made a huge mistake in allowing Juan Mata's "ghost goal" to stand.

It came four minutes into the second half with Chelsea 1-0 up when Mata had a shot blocked by Benoît Assou-Ekotto in a goalmouth scramble. Replays showed the ball had not crossed the line; even John Terry admitted in a radio interview that he did not think the goal should have stood.



"I spoke to him," Redknapp said afterwards, "he says he feels worse than I do [for allowing Juan Mata's goal to stand]. I said: 'I don't think so.' But he says he feels bad. He knows he's made a mistake and he says he'll have a bad week as well. [But there's] nothing we can do now."



The Spurs manager said that the referee "must have" guessed the decision: "He can't have been sure. You can't look at it and think it is [a goal]. He's just made a mistake, unfortunately. He's not done it on purpose. I don't see how he can give the goal: it's nowhere near over the line. It's not as if it's gone in and someone's kicked it away, it's so quick. There were bodies on the line and the ball couldn't possibly get over the line."



The result sends Chelsea through to their fourth FA Cup final in six years. They will face Liverpool on 5 May, but a degree of rancour is quite possible, after Chelsea were forced to apologise for the behaviour of some of their supporters who disrupted the minute's silence in respect of the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.



A Chelsea statement released soon after the final whistle said that the club was "extremely disappointed" in those who "embarrassed the club today by not honouring the moment's silence before kick-off."



The Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo echoed those sentiments. "We are extremely disappointed," he said, "that a minority, or just a few, decided to speak or sing during the minute's silence and not respect it. We are disappointed."



Regarding Mata's goal, Di Matteo admitted that his team had been fortunate, but said that their win owed to more than luck. "In this case we were on the lucky side," he said, "but many times before we've had decisions go against us. But we didn't score two goals. We scored five. I don't know how much it would matter."



The Spurs captain Ledley King said: "I didn't think it had crossed the line. I find it hard to believe that the referee could have seen it from where he was."



Redknapp demanded that video technology be brought in. "Goal-line technology has to come into the game," he said. "You can't keep having situations like that. You can't carry on like this, with important decisions not being correct."



The Football Association is at the forefront of efforts to introduce technology into the game at the elite level. The latest planning meeting for Fifa's "Test Phase 2" was held late last week, and the next phase of tests will begin this month. The final decision will be made by the International Fooball Association Board in a meeting in Kiev on 2 July.



Di Matteo was delighted with his players' performance ahead of hosting Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. "I think our team played very well," he said. "It was a great performance. It's a boost of confidence for us.



"It's good to keep this positive momentum going for us. We go into the game with confidence. It'll be a different kind of game to tonight, over two legs, but it's good. Winning brings that positivity within the team. It makes everybody feel better."



Tottenham, meanwhile, have only fourth place to focus on now with five league games left. Redknapp said his players had to show character to qualify for next year's Champions League. "I've got to find a team among that group who'll have the nerve, the will-power and the desire to get that fourth spot," he said.



"We have to go to QPR next week for a tough game and show we can bounce back from today. It's important. It's a test of character now. They have to show some character."

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