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Angel Told To Give His Elbow A Rest

Villa boss Martin O'Neill is laying down the law and telling players he doesn't want to see any nasty incidents or retaliation.

Following the Juan Pablo Angel elbowing incident last Monday against Sheffield United defender Chris Morgan, which to be fair could have resulted in a red card, Martin O'Neill said:

'The ref has seen the incident and has chosen not to deal with it in any other way than he did - a free-kick - but there is no doubt Angel has swung around. A second or two before that, when the player is holding on to Angel there is the possibility of us being awarded a penalty. But in general terms, I would be insisting the players do not retaliate in that fashion at all. Absolutely. That is the message that will go out to him.'

'First of all it is not right, and secondly I cannot afford to lose players through suspension for throwing their arms around. In this day and age, if you raise your elbows in that fashion and follow through there is the possibility you can be sent off. It is something I would not be happy with.'

He added: 'In the last day or two, because I have been whisked all over the place, I haven't spoken to Juan Pablo - but I will do. The same will go for all the players here. I don't want it to be happening. I don't want people to be swinging around with their elbows. I know there are methods of getting yourself loose from players holding on to you. But I won't be tolerating following through with elbows at this football club.'

'It is not right, and you shouldn't be doing it - there is the possibility of injuring a player. If you are drawing back in that fashion and using your elbow to injure a player it is just not right. I am sure it will occur in my time here, and I will deal with it when it comes. I would deal with it in a strong disciplinary way.'

Strong disciplinary way? Could try elbowing them I guess! :o)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 16 2006

Time: 9:32AM

Your Comments

Top words by MO'N. We don't want this in our team and can't afford it. Hopefully, JPA will ahve learnt his lesson.
Tierney
Yes. JPA isn't that type of player, I think he was just trying to shrug him off but MON is right (as he always is).
jonah
Agreed i dont like to see it from anyone
TuBBz
Interestingly enough, I hear that this seemingly angelic Chris Morgan was involved in another elbowing incident of sorts against Wigan yesterday, stepping out of the 'conflict' with a beautiful shiner for his efforts. Maybe Warnock needs to take him to one side, and have a word in his shell-like, explaining that if he wasn't so hell bent on holding and tugging the opposition, he wouldn't open himself up to the threat of a slapping. No I'm not defending Juan Pablo, not even attempting to, but this guy Morgan needs to start keeping himself in check also.
glensider
He's right about 1 thing, we cant afford to be losing players through suspension over such trivial incidents.
DeanoVilla
Out of character, but MON is right to nip this sort of behaviour in the bud.
glensider
 

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