Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has played down the confrontation between Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings, insisting the clash between the pair was ‘put to bed’ at half-time.
In the first-half of the 0-0 stalemate, El Ghazi appeared to try and headbutt Mings in a furious altercation in which VAR was used to check whether a red card should be issued.
Mings was furious with the winger for failing to track back as the Hammers broke in a counter attack.
However, speaking on Sky Sports, Grealish has played down the incident between the pair.
He said: “It’s all handbags. When you’re out there, heat of the moment. As soon as we got into half-time, it was all put to bed. Shake hands. We all said that can’t be happening out on the pitch.”
Grealish also admitted his side were disappointed not to claim all three points after West Ham full-back Arthur Masuaku was sent off in the middle of the second-half.
He added: “I’ve just been back in the changing room and all the lads are devastated. It feels a bit like a loss, especially when they went down to 10 men.
“Even in the first half I think we had the better chances.
“Everyone tries to do a bit too much. I think when they went down to 10 men we got worse. I gave away too many sloppy passes. We tried to force things.”
Meanwhile, the emotions were different for West Ham, with Declan Rice saying: “I think we’re very happy with the point. We were a bit slow in the first half.
“In the second half when we went down to 10 we knew it was going to be tough but we dug in there, we played well and we still were creating chances. I think we can be happy with tonight’s work.”