Villa appeal Knight red card

O'Neill incensed by Boxing Day decision

Knight: Facing one-game ban

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Aston Villa have decided to appeal against the red card picked up by Zat Knight against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Knight was dismissed for a challenge on Michael Ballack just before the break with Villa leading 2-0.

Andrei Shevchenko dispatched the resulting spot-kick and the game went on to finish 4-4, with Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole also seeing red for Chelsea.

Martin O'Neil was incensed by the decision after watching the incident back and has made the decision to lodge an appeal against the defender's resulting suspension.

Knight would only have to serve a one-match ban for preventing a goal-scoring opportunity, but the Villa manager is determined to have the decision overturned.

The case will be heard on 28th December.