Date: 15th January 2008 at 1:08pm
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Slamming players who lead with both feet, the Villa manager has responded after a number of stories have hit the headlines and a higher than usual number of red cards have been dished out.

‘I have no idea why players go in two footed, when people say ‘I got some of the ball’ it’s a nonsense!

‘Your impetus is carrying you through. You could maim someone, break someone’s leg and put them out of the game for good! It’s crazy.

‘Even one-footed tackles can be dangerous if the studs are up.

‘I don’t think that’s very brave – it’s reckless! I obviously wouldn’t be happy with our players being on the end of it – or doing it either obviously.

‘The referees are getting it right. I don’t know why it’s crept in.

‘It seems to have happened over the past few weeks but it’s been hovering around for a while.

‘If there’s a clampdown or a mandate from high above, I’ve got to say I agree with it totally.’

The question is, have two footed tackles actually crept into the game, or with how the game has been dumbed down do we just notice them more now than before?

There’s nothing better than a crunching, full bloodied tackle and the game is sadly now lacking that spirit with overprotective referees and overly play acting players.

But a good story nontheless, and some good quotes from our manager to fill some time before we announce our signings.