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O'Neill demanding Terry apology over Milner tackle

April 11, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is demanding an apology from John Terry for his X-rated tackle on England team-mate James Milner.

GettyImagesJohn Terry checks on James Milner after the tackle.

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O'Neill is still furious with Terry for the second-half lunge that caught Milner on the calf and led O'Neill to claim it was lucky the midfielder's ''career is still intact''.

Terry has so far not spoken about the incident, although he will probably accept TV replays look fairly damning, even if he did not feel the tackle even merited the yellow card dished out by referee Howard Webb at the time. O'Neill was certainly not happy.

''I would hope there would be an apology sent to the dressing room,'' he said. ''I don't know whether an apology is enough. That would be something for James and John Terry to talk about. But it was desperately poor.

''I am just delighted James is still fit to play because he could have been out for a long time.''

O'Neill's immediate fear was that Milner had suffered an injury that would wreck his hopes of making Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

''James is very fortunate his foot was off the ground,'' said O'Neill. ''Even that itself is not enough to save you all the time. Forget about the result. In two weeks' time it will be forgotten. I just want James to be fit to take his rightful place in the squad to go to South Africa.''

Meanwhile, John Carew has claimed Terry could have broken Milner's leg with his ''dangerous'' tackle.

Carew said: ''I saw the challenge from close range and Terry could have sent his (Milner's) lower leg up into the stands. I've seen people get red cards for less. That was a really dangerous tackle.

''There are a lot of tackles that can break legs which are not really that dangerous. But that one was very dangerous because he launched in with straight legs. It would have broken it.''