Richards insists 'NO reason for Mings to get involved' in Zaha clash

Micah Richards insists ‘there’s NO reason for Mings to get involved’ as he questions why Aston Villa defender clashed with Wilfried Zaha following John McGinn foul – before he is later sent off in Crystal Palace clash

  • Micah Richards criticised Tyrone Mings for his red card against Crystal Palace 
  • Mings was sent off for two yellow cards after clashing with Wilfriez Zaha 
  • The pundit insisted the defender had no reason to get involved with the forward
  • The defender squared up to Zaha before shoving him to the ground later on 

Micah Richards criticised Tyrone Mings for getting involved in a clash with Wilfried Zaha, which saw him pick up the first of his two yellow cards against Crystal Palace.

The defender was sent off just before half-time when he received a second booking for shoving Zaha to the floor. His first yellow card also involved Zaha with the defender pushing his opponent in a scuffle between the two sets of players.

Mings reacted to a foul from the Palace forward on his team-mate John McGinn and both players were booked for the coming together. Speaking on the BBC at half-time, Richards insisted the defender’s reaction was unnecessary.

Micah Richards criticised Tyrone Mings for getting involved in a clash with Wilfried Zaha

Mings was booked for the first clash before receiving a second yellow card later in the game

‘It’s frustrating because they’d been kicking each other all game,’ said Richards.

‘Zaha actually makes a foul on McGinn, there’s no reason for Mings to get involved there. 

‘I know he is a leader at the back but Zaha is one of them players where if you kick him he’s gonna make a meal of it and that’s an unnecessary yellow card.’

Zaha was also booked for the coming together and was involved as Mings was sent off later

When analysing Mings’ second yellow card, Richards added: ‘I can’t protect him on this one, that is a definite yellow card.’

Villa were leading 1-0 when Mings picked up his first yellow card in the 39th minute. 

Bertrand Traore scored five minutes into the game, reacting first to the rebound of Ollie Watkins’ initial strike to finish past Vicente Guaita. 

Mings got his second yellow card six minutes after his first. Zaha won a 50-50 tackle on the half-way line and attempted to sprint away from the defender, only to be shoved to the floor. 

Referee Anthony Taylor was quick to decide it was a second bookable offence and the centre back was given his marching orders. 

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