McLeish defends Hutton
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has warned that football could become a non-contact sport as he defended Alan Hutton.
Last Updated: 27/10/11 5:53pm
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has warned that football could become a non-contact sport as he defended the challenge by Alan Hutton that has sidelined West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long for six weeks.
Baggies boss Roy Hodgson feels that Scotland international Hutton should have received a straight red card for the challenge during the first half of his side's 2-1 win in the Premier League at Villa Park last weekend.
McLeish is sorry that Long has been ruled out until December but believes that such tackles are commonplace in games.
"Alan made a tackle, the ball was there to be won," he said. "I can understand why Roy would not be happy because of the collision and the follow through.
"It is something that Uefa are clamping down on and I'm sure in 10 years' time you won't see any contact at all in football. It is heading that way.
"We feel sorry about the outcome of that one. Shane Long is a wonderful player and we are sorry the lad got injured.
"But, believe you me, there are challenges like that every single game and, when no-one is hurt, then there is nothing said about it.
"It is only when a player gets hurt that it is dressed up to look malicious and intentional, and Alan Hutton is not that type of player."