Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill blasts ref Howard Webb

12 April 2010 09:57
Martin O'Neill will today demand an explanation from referees' boss Mike Riley for Howard Webb's Wembley display.

The Aston Villa manager is furious over what he claims were two poor decisions - Webb's refusal to award a penalty when John Mikel Obi fouled Gabby Agbonlahor and the referee's failure to send off John Terry for an horrific tackle on James Milner.

O'Neill said: 'There is a no doubt it is a sending-off. It was desperately poor and I'm just delighted that James was still fit to play. He could have been out for a long, long time.

Not a leg to stand on: Aston Villa midfielder James Milneris the victim of a horror tackle fromJohn Terry, much to the disgust of manager Martin O'Neill

'I'll be contacting Mike. I spoke to him over the decision in the Carling Cup (not to send off Nemanja Vidic for a foul on Agbonlahor).

'He was fair and sympathised. I'm sure he will sympathise with my plight on Monday.

'I hate maligning referees. It's an incredibly difficult job. But I thought that today was poor. It was straightforward and game-changing.

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'I don't know why people don't just apply the laws and do it.

'There wasn't a person in the stadium, including the players, who didn't think it was a penalty. I think Chelsea have accepted that.'

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Source: Daily_Mail