Villa boss blasts Terry for 'horrendous' tackle on Milner
Published 22:45 10/04/10 By Anthony Clavane
Martin O’Neill last night blasted John Terry for a “horrendous” challenge on James Milner after Aston Villa suffered a 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup semi-final.
A furious O’Neill said the Chelsea skipper should have been sent off by referee Howard Webb for the foul. O’Neill said: “John Terry’s challenge on an England team-mate was horrendous and should have got a red card.
“James is exceptionally lucky to have his career intact.”
O’Neill was also appalled at Webb’s refusal to award Villa first-half penalty when Jon Mikel Obi clumsily felled Gabriel Agbonlahor inside the area.
Agbonlahor turned Obi in the box before being bundled over but Webb, despite being perfectly placed, waved play on.
O’Neill blasted: “We should have had a penalty. It was clear-cut. The referee chose to ignore it. It was a clear sending off, but we didn’t even get the penalty.
“Another major decision that has gone against us.”
It was the second major decision to go against Villa at Wembley this season, following the incident in their Carling Cup final defeat at the hands of Manchester United that saw Nemanja Vidic avoid a red card when he conceded a penalty.
O’Neill added: “These are incontestable decisions. Apply the law, that’s all I say.
“James is very sore — and the doctor says he’s a very lucky boy. It was a pointless challenge. You’ll have to ask Howard Webb why he isn’t making these decisions.”