LONDON - Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has urged supporters to forgive Hossam Ghaly at Tuesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Championship side Burnley. Egyptian midfielder Ghaly was booed by Spurs fans as he warmed up among the substitutes in the FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic on Friday, and did not get on for what would have been his first appearance for the club since May 2007. On that occasion he was substituted 30 minutes after coming on as a sub himself and reacted by throwing his shirt to the ground as he stormed off the pitch. "I didn't know the full story but I don't think he was being disrespectful to Tottenham," Redknapp told Tottenham's website. "He'd been subbed as a sub and was annoyed with the manager more than anything. It wasn't right that he threw his shirt down but the kid made a mistake and we all make mistakes. It's time to forgive and forget." Injuries and suspensions mean Ghaly is likely to be among the substitutes again on Tuesday. Redknapp is without Jermaine Jenas and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who are suspended, while Darren Bent (groin) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are also missing and Ledley King will again be rested. The other semi-final first leg takes place on Wednesday when Derby County face Manchester United. SPURS FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Frederic Kanoute One on One Paul Gascoigne, Les Ferdinand, Ossie Ardiles Boy's A Bit Special Chris Gunter, John Bostock Ask A Silly Question Garth Crooks Perfect XI Ossie Ardiles My Secret Vice Neil Ruddock Plus! Martin Peters on Weekend Wonders and Spurs on Talentspotter
5 January 2009
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