After Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was sent off for violent conduct, manager Paul Lambert admitted he couldn’t condone the Belgian’s behaviour, reports BBC
Benteke was given a straight red card for a slap on Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, but the Spurs man was guilty of a soft head butt on the Villa striker that led to the incident flaring up. Lambert feels both parties should have been sent off, rather than just Benteke.
“You cannot condone what he did, but it is not like he threw a Mike Tyson punch. My daughter can punch harder. He was provoked. You can see (Mason) puts his head into Christian’s face. I can understand what Christian’s done, even though I can’t condone it,” said Lambert.
“I thought we were excellent throughout the game,. OK, we lost but the red card changed the game. There were so many positives today but one disappointment. Christian Benteke was showing great form, Tottenham could not handle him and it is disappointing with the red card.”
After waiting for seven games for the Belgian to start in the Premier League this season, Benteke will now received a three-match ban effective immediately.
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