When Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young ran into each other, I think everyone saw red. Well, we all saw the red card, but in that moment of madness we probably didn't notice the actions of the Aston Villa team who swarmed Lee Mason.
Gabby's 50/50 challenge should have been a warning, it was rash and stupid, but wasn't harmful or malicious. No way in hell was it a sending off. Apparently, the Villa team also thought the same way and have been charged with failing to "ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".
I'm pretty split on this, I can image how surprised the team was at seeing the red card being brandished by Mason, but you've got to keep your cool in these situations - once it goes up, it's not coming down and there isn't anything the team can do except make things worse. Looking at the video again, Weimann even tries to push Mason's hand down and could have been sent off for that. Villa should have had a card, but not for Gabby and I am extremely surprised that Mason didn't take Weimann off.
This is the second misconduct charge for Villa, who also lost their cool after Benteke was sent off against Tottenham following a confrontation with Ryan Mason. On the bright side, Gabby Agbonlahor has had the red card scrapped, but Villa will still face a charge of misconduct. Merry Christmas?