Foul play: Referee Mike Dean shows the red card for serious foul play to Ashley Young for his tackle on Dean Whitehead
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Oâ€™Neill and his Premier League counterparts probably need to start fining their coaches or intervene themselves to stop these sort of reckless tackles.
They are as dangerous as they are prevalent but still players crowd around referees, furious that they are trying to clamp down on a technique which has become widespread.
Middlesbrough did it when Didier Digard was dismissed last weekend and manager Gareth Southgate even wanted the decision reviewed, but the midfielderâ€™s challenge could have caused serious injury.
The unforgiving responses of officials seems to have made little difference this season so managers need to speak out and Oâ€™Neill looks like the right man for the job.