Moyes makes Beattie U-turn
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes has admitted James Beattie deserved to be sent off against Chelsea.Everton manager David Moyes has done a U-Turn and admitted James Beattie deserved to be sent off against Chelsea.
The England striker was shown a straight red card for head-butting Chelsea defender William Gallas early on in his side's 1-0 defeat on Saturday.
Moyes initially excused Beattie of any wrongdoing, claiming Gallas went to ground too easily.
However, Moyes has had a change of heart after reviewing video evidence and admitted the sending off was warranted and he will now discipline the striker for the offence.
"Having had some time to reflect and, perhaps more significantly, having now had time to carefully study video recordings of Saturday's game, I believe that I should set the record straight by conceding that the dismissal of James Beattie was right and correct," Moyes told the club's official website.
"My comments on Saturday came immediately after the final whistle and at a point, when I had only had the opportunity to see one, very quick re-run of the incident.
"Although the incident was totally out of character - James has never even been suspended before in his career - his actions were unacceptable and, self-evidently, had a detrimental effect on his team-mates.
"James did issue a formal apology to myself, his team-mates and to the Everton supporters immediately after the game and that was the right thing to have done. He will now be subjected to the normal club discipline.
"He is a competitive player, but a fair player, and I know how upset he is by what has happened.
"However, I must say that I do still believe the Chelsea player in question did go down too easily."