SEBASTIEN Bassong apologised for the error which led to Tottenham failing to deliver the Europa League win over Rubin Kazan which would have lifted the spirits of ailing manager Harry Redknapp.
Redknapp was at his home over 2,000 miles away from Kazan after undergoing a procedure to unblock two coronary arteries yesterday.
The 64-year-old will not have liked what he saw from back in Britain as Tottenham’s second string put in a dour performance against the Russian side, going down 1-0 thanks to a 55th minute free-kick from Bebras Natcho.
Bassong said: “What can I say? I told the lads: ‘Sorry, I should have cleared it. I’m sorry’. It’s simple. I should have cleared the ball and I took an extra touch, an extra bad touch. I was praying it wouldn’t be a goal but it was.”
Yesterday afternoon the Spurs manager had two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries.
It has yet to be decided whether the Tottenham manager will take charge of his team’s game at Fulham on Sunday although he was in an upbeat mood yesterday, declaring that he would be back at work on Friday.
Redknapp has been taking medication for his heart for over a year, but was said to be in “excellent spirits” after undergoing the procedure.