Aston Villa boss, Paul Lambert has branded Ramires challenge on Karim El Ahmadi as a leg-breaker. The Chelsea midfielder was given the marching order for the challenge in the 90th minute of his side’s defeat at Villa Park on Saturday.

Villa moved into the top half of the Premier League table after Delph’s brilliantly improvised goal on 82 minutes was enough to overcome the leaders. Chelsea had already had Willian sent off for two bookable offences before Ramires was dismissed.

In a post match interview Lambert said: “I saw the Ramires one and that was a shocker. I’ve seen it and been involved in games where I’ve seen people going in like that and that was a leg-breaker. If anyone tells you different, I beg to differ.

“The first one is debatable, it was just a little tug, and if it was against my player, I would probably be argumentative about it, but the second one is an absolute no-brainer,” he concluded.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was also sent off on the night, completing a bad day at the office for the Londoners. Both Ramires and Willian will not be available for next week’s crunch match against fellow title contenders Arsenal at the Bridge.

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