Villa rage at Terry tackle
Martin O'Neill and John Carew have hit out at Chelsea captain John Terry for a bad challenge on James Milner.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 11/04/10 7:39pm
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill and striker John Carew have hit out at Chelsea captain John Terry for a bad challenge on James Milner on Saturday.
Villa went down 3-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and Milner was on the receiving end of a poor tackle from his England team-mate in the second-half.
Terry has not yet spoken about the incident, which referee Howard Webb deemed a yellow card offence, but O'Neill revealed his anger at the challenge which he felt could have damaged the young midfielder's career.
"I would hope there would be an apology sent to the dressing room," he said.
"I don't know whether an apology is enough. That would be something for James and John Terry to talk about.
"But it was desperately poor. I am just delighted James is still fit to play because he could have been out for a long time.
"James is very fortunate his foot was off the ground. Even that itself is not enough to save you all the time.
"Forget about the result. In two weeks' time it will be forgotten.
"I just want James to be fit to take his rightful place in the squad to go to (the World Cup in) South Africa."
Striker John Carew was unable to get on the scoresheet at Wembley, and he was also incensed at the tackle.
He added: "I saw the challenge from close range and Terry could have sent his (Milner's) lower leg up into the stands.
"I've seen people get red cards for less. That was a really dangerous tackle.
"There are a lot of tackles that can break legs which are not really that dangerous.
"But that one was very dangerous because he launched in with straight legs. It would have broken it."
Terry has had a controversial campaign to date, having been stripped of the England captaincy already this term, and he will lead Chelsea out in the cup final in May against Portsmouth.