Lambert backs Keane over Mourinho handshake

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has thrown his weight behind his assistant Roy Keane’s assertion that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was disrespectful to attempt a handshake before their Premier League clash was over, reports Sky Sports.

Mourinho angered the Villa management by going over to their bench to offer a handshake a few minutes before the end of the Premier League encounter, which Chelsea were leading 3-0. Lambert declined the gesture, pointing to his watch to indicate that he felt it was not appropriate, while Keane refused even to turn round and look at the Portuguese master tactician.

Villa and Republic of Ireland assistant manager Keane has featured heavily in the news in recent weeks as he launched his controversial new autobiography. But proving that he is still not afraid to speak his mind, he slammed Mourinho, suggesting that had the encounter taken place at a Sunday League match, it could have led to a violent incident.

Lambert agreed with his right hand man, saying: “Yeah, I do (think it was disrespectful), yeah. My thoughts are exactly the same as Roy’s on them. The game has not even finished. I just thought it was wrong. It’s not the way I was brought up.”

Lambert and Keane take their Villa side to face the courteous Roberto Martinez’s Everton this weekend.

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