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24/11/2008 10:15

Papers: Villa boss blasts ref

Referee bottled it rages Villa boss
Martin O'Neill's attempt to break the stranglehold of the so-called 'Big Four' was given a ringing endorsement after the final whistle by none other than Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. But Aston Villa's manager was not bothered by compliments at the end of this enthralling scrap. As a protege of the late Brian Clough, the Irishman rarely criticises officials. However, he made an exception for referee Chris Foy, who failed to award a penalty when Nemanja Vidic grappled with Gabriel Agbonlahor on the hour. The eyes of the Villa manager glazed over when he was offered the chance to view the incident again by a television reporter within minutes of the final whistle. "I don't need to see it again," he snapped. "The referee thought about the consequences of giving the penalty, and he didn't. It was too big for him. Vidic should have been given a red card. In my opinion, it should have been a penalty, although that was debatable. But he should have been sent off."
Neil Moxley, Daily Mail

Several papers report United's latest injury worry ahead of the Villarreal trip, after Cristiano Ronaldo limped away from Villa Park.

The Sun and Mirror warn United's form on the road, following the rare failure to win at Villa, could cost the Reds dear in the title race.

The Sun also reports that "penny pinching United players are giving each other Christmas presents costing a fiver! (£5)"

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