LONDON - Martin O'Neill launched an angry attack on John Terry, accusing the defender of making a career-threatening challenge on James Milner during Chelsea's 3-0 FA Cup semifinal victory over Aston Villa.
Villa manager O'Neill claimed Milner was lucky to escape with just heavy bruising following the 74th minute tackle that led to Chelsea captain Terry being booked by referee Howard Webb at Wembley on Saturday.
"It was an awful challenge and Milner is very lucky his career is still intact," said O'Neill. "It should have been a red (card).
O'Neill's believes Webb's glaring mistake had denied his side a 16th minute penalty after Gabriel Agbonlahor was brought down inside the penalty area by John Obi Mikel when the match was still scoreless.
He said Mikel should have been sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity adding that it was the second time his side had been the victims of a bad decision in a major match at Wembley this season.
Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard scored for Chelsea to remain on course to complete a Premier League and FA Cup double but Carlo Ancelotti, insisted he was not looking too far ahead with five league games and the final still coming. - AFP