O’Neill slams Terry for Milner tackle

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill accused Chelsea’s John Terry of making a "horrendous" tackle which could have ended the career of James Milner, his England teammate.

O’Neill said Terry should have been sent off for a lunging tackle which caught Milner on his lower leg just below the knee in Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal, which Chelsea won 3-0. Instead, Terry got a yellow card.

"John Terry’s horrendous challenge on an England teammate – James Milner is tremendously lucky that his career is intact," O’Neill said. "It’s a straight red card, the referee’s straight in front of him and he’s given him a yellow card.

"It was a desperately poor challenge and he should have been given a red card. I have the utmost regard for (Webb). But it’s maddening. These were game-changing decisions."

Milner stayed on the field after treatment.

"He’s very sore but he’s got away with it," O’Neill said. "I have just spoken to my (club) doctor and he’s a very lucky boy."

O’Neill was also unhappy with Webb for not awarding a penalty for a 16th-minute foul by John Obi Mikel on Gabriel Agbonlahor and not sending the Chelsea player off.

"We should have had a penalty. The Chelsea players – we knew by their reaction it was a penalty. The referee was a few yards from it but chose to ignore it," O’Neill said.

"It was a clear sending off but we didn’t even get the penalty. I thought it was an injustice today. We would expect quality referees to get straightforward decisions correct. These were straightforward decisions, both of them."