Redknapp backs Prutton
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp has never seen anyone as low as David Prutton after his dismissal.Harry Redknapp has admitted that he has never seen a player as distraught as David Prutton, following his stormy dismissal against Arsenal.
The Southampton midfielder was sent off for two bad tackles in the first half of the Premiership clash on Saturday, however it was his reaction to the red card that has drawn widespread disgust.
Prutton repeatedly pushed referee Alan Wiley as he attempted to confront the linesman, following a tackle on Robert Pires that earned him his second booking.
However Redknapp has now publicly come out in support of the 23-year-old, insisting that the behaviour was wildly uncharacteristic, and that the dismissal left Prutton crushed after the game.
"It's very much out of character, David's a good lad and done a terrific job since I came here," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
"He has played every game since I've been here I think, he works hard, is a 100%er but he made a big mistake on Saturday with the tackles.
"The occasion got to him and he overreacted, if you'd seen the boy after the game, I've never seen anyone as low after a football match as what David was.
"This morning he has been in to see me, he knows he has made a mistake but we all make mistakes in life and hopefully it's done with."
Paolo Di Canio was suspended for 11 games following a similar incident in 1998, although Redknapp is hopeful that Prutton's previous record will act in his favour when The FA decide on a punishment.
Redknapp's own intervention may have prevented a worse sentence after he chased down the St Mary's touchline to restrain the player as he was making a bee-line for the referee's assistant.
"There is nothing we can do about it, he'll take his punishment and move on," Redknapp continued.
"I wouldn't think it would be that long but I'm sure he will get extra games, we expect that, but hopefully they'll take into account he's a good fellow, and he made a mistake and overreacted and he'll take his punishment.
"I spoke to him this morning, he's very sorry for they way he behaved, it was out of character.
"He is a good lad who comes from a nice family, he overreacted for some reason and lost it.
"Unfortunately it can happen in life but I'm sure it won't happen again, he's got to learn from it and I'm sure he will learn."