Harry - We respect Murphy
Harry Redknapp has denied any ill feeling towards Fulham's Danny Murphy after his controversial comments.
By Adrian Del Monte
Last Updated: 15/10/10 5:25pm
Harry Redknapp has denied any ill feeling towards Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy after his controversial comments earlier in the week.
Murphy put the increase in reckless challenges and serious injuries down to managers who send out their players too "pumped up".
Despite the comments, Redknapp has affirmed that Murphy is a respected player in the Premier League, and that he will not receive any harsh treatment from his players this weekend.
"Will they kick lumps out of him? I don't think so. Danny is a good ambassador of the game," Redknapp said.
"I've never come across a manager who said to people go into reckless challenges, break someone's legs or kick lumps out of them. I don't think that goes on.
"With some teams you have to get in their faces because if you let them pass it they'll murder you. But no one wants to see crazy, reckless challenges."
Redknapp believes that repeat offenders are those who need to calm down, to avoid serious injuries occurring so frequently in the future.
"It is the same people who keep getting sent off for making rash challenges that have to calm themselves down a bit," he added.