Neville backs Mikel red card
Everton midfielder believes referee had no choice
Last Updated: January 10, 2008 9:52am
Neville: Unhappy with tackle
Everton skipper Phil Neville claims John Obi Mikel deserved to be sent off in Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final and that his challenge was typical of foreign players.
Chelsea midfielder Mikel was red carded for a studs-up challenge on Neville during the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
It was Mikel's second sending off of the season and Neville believes the tackle was typical of many overseas players plying their trade in England's top flight.
"The rules state that if you go in with your studs showing you should be sent off," said Neville.
"Referees have a hard job because they have to abide by the rules.
"I think he went for the ball. It was probably with his studs showing but foreigners tend to tackle like that.
"I don't think it was with any malice but you cannot do that. That is the type of tackle we want out of our game.
"It's things like that which should be punished."