Roy Hodgson: Christian Benteke's red card 'inexcusable' after Crystal Palace defeat

Christian Benteke is shown a red card by Martin Atkinson

Roy Hodgson slammed Christian Benteke's "inexcusable" red card after full-time of Crystal Palace's 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Benteke, the former Villa striker, saw red from Martin Atkinson for what the Premier League described as an "off-the-ball incident" with Villa defender Ezri Konsa, after a melee following the final whistle at Villa Park. เว็บแทงบอลสด

Tempers were high after full-time, but, with Benteke now missing the final three games of the season for Palace, frustrated manager Hodgson insists the Belgian should not have been provoked.

He told Sky Sports: "It's inexcusable, basically, that's the bottom line. There was a lot of niggling going on on the field, we're close enough to be aware of that, but the thing is that is part and parcel of the game we play. It is quite often present in a lot of football matches.

"He's unhappy about that, of course, as we are, but unfortunately I can't excuse it, no matter how provoked he may have been, no matter what might have been said. You know that when you kick out at an opponent, and the referee sees it, you get sent off. That has been happening in football for as long as I can remember.

Benteke had been given a run in the team before and after coronavirus halted football following a long spell out of Hodgson's plans, and the Palace boss seemed annoyed that the striker had thrown away his chance of regular football before the end of the season.