- Aston Villa's El Ghazi and Mings almost exchanged blows during the encounter
- The teammates confronted each other during their Premier League tie vs West Ham at home
Aston Villa's Anwar El Ghazi was close to seeing red after headbutting teammate Tyrone Mings during his sides Premier League clash with West Ham on Monday night, September 16.
The incident occurred inside Aston Villa's box saw other teammates pull the pair apart after coming face-to-face at Villa Park.
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Things turned sour between the two Villa stars after Mings blamed the Dutchman for not tracking back and slacking in his defensive duties, shouting on top of his voice as he approached El Ghazi.
El Ghazi reacted angrily spitting harsh words of his own back at Mings as the pair sized up each other — just before the 24-year-old tried planting his head on the 26-year-old English star's face.
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Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and defender Bjorn Engels were first on the scene and intervened, separating their teammates and quelling the feud before fists were drawn.
At the end, El Ghazi was lucky to remain on the pitch, with referee Mike Dean deciding to calm down both players rather than punish them for 'friendly fire' exchanged.
After a quick check with VAR —showing the gravity of the matter — officials concluded to overlook the offence and no red cards were brandished.
However, Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville both took differing stands with the former Neville saying El Ghazi should have been punished and Carragher dismissing it
“I wouldn’t like to see anyone get sent off for that,” the former Liverpool star stressed.
“It’s never great that. He’s actually taken a risk there El Ghazi,” the Manchester United star admitted.
“I’d be fuming if I was Tyrone Mings. Throwing his head towards him is a step too far."
The scores were 0-0 when the incident occured and remained the same at full time forcing the Hammers and the Villains to share points at Villa Park.
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Source: Sports Brief News