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Friedel bemoans red card

Villa keeper not happy

Friedel: Harsh red

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has insisted he should not have been sent off at Anfield on Sunday.

The American shot-stopper was dismissed for bringing down Fernando Torres in the second half which allowed Steven Gerrard to step up and make it 5-0 to Liverpool.

But Friedel was far from happy with referee Martin Atkinson, who he insisted got it wrong as he feels Nigel Reo-Coker was level with Torres - thus not making him the last man.

"I just stood my ground, and as the cameras show I turned my shoulders to show that I didn't try to make contact. He is the one who ran in and made contact with me," Friedel told Sky Sports.

"Does he have an argument for a penalty sure, does he have an argument for a booking sure, but sending off is very harsh considering he had a defender alongside him."

Friedel is now set to miss Villa's next match at Manchester United on Sunday 5th April.