Redknapp facing FA charge

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Harry Redknapp has become the latest victim of the Football Association's disciplinary crackdown.

The Portsmouth manager was charged with the alleged use of abusive and/or insulting language to a match official following his dismissal by the referee Andy D'Urso during his team's goalless draw with Wolverhampton at Molineux on Saturday.

Like Sir Alex Ferguson, following his outburst at Newcastle the previous week, Redknapp is facing a touchline ban after an angry exchange with the fourth official, Lee Mason, over the number of yellow cards during the game. Redknapp, who was also annoyed at a tackle on his striker Yakubu Ayegbeni, reacted to his red card by offering Mason an ironic thumbs-up and now has 14 days to respond to the charge.

He did not help matters at the weekend when he said: "I just questioned the referee's overall performance which I thought was inept... If it carries on like this we're going to end up with no squad in a month's time because they will all be suspended."

There was better news for one of his Premiership counterparts Dave Jones, who has been given a new three-year deal despite Wolverhampton's torrid start to the season.

The Molineux side lost their first three matches before finally claiming a first point in a 0-0 draw at home to Portsmouth. However, Jones' new improved deal is a direct result of the manager getting the club into the top flight for the first time in 19 years.

At Bolton Wanderers, Sam Allardyce - who already has Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha, Mario Jardel and Kevin Davies on his books - was foiled in an 11th-hour attempt to sign the former Tottenham striker Sergei Rebrov. He had hoped to add the Ukraine international to his forward options, but his ambitions were dashed when the player, now with Fenerbahçe in Turkey after his £11m move from Dynamo Kiev to Spurs failed to live up to expectations, was refused a work permit.

Allardyce's transfer setback was put into perspective, however, when he was left shaken and distressed after giving a dying teenager the kiss of life.

He became involved when a 14-year-old boy from nearby Chorley crashed his motorbike into a chain in the club's car park. The manager was leaving the ground on Sunday night when he was approached by the boy's friend for help. Allardyce dashed over to give the teenager the kiss of life but his neck injuries were too severe and he later died in hospital.

The Leicester City manager, Micky Adams, won the race for the Ipswich Town striker Marcus Bent to add him to his bargain-basement squad. Hard-up Ipswich have accepted a bid of around £500,000 for him.

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