Murphy blasts Villa star’s ‘punch’

By Graham Hill

DANNY Murphy has called for Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane to be banned in the wake of the controversial game at Leeds.

The game exploded when Mateusz Klich put Maecelo Bielsa’s side ahead despite Leeds looking as though they were going to put the ball out as Villa striker Jonathan Kodia was down injured.

Both sides clashed on the pitch before Albert Adomah was allowed to walk the ball in for an equaliser – despite the attentions of Leeds defender Pontus Jansson.

That resulted in Anwar El Ghazi being sent off after clashing with Leeds striker Patrick Bamford.

But replays showed Bamford went down without any contact being made by the Villa winger.

That sparked calls for El Ghazi’s red card to be rescinded and Bamford to be. banned.

But Murphy, speaking as a Talksport pundit, says Hourihane should also be suspended.

Replays appeared to show the Irish midfielder punching Klich in the chest after the two squared up following the goal.

Murphy says Hourihane’s reaction was ‘over the top’.

And when asked about the possibility that a punch was thown, Murphy replied: “If that’s the case, he should be banned as well.”

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