Last week, Reading and Aston Villa’s drab draw in the Championship was marred with some shocking scenes when Tyrone Mings stamped on Reading’s Nelson Oliviera’s face. The horrible incident saw Oliviera’s face suffering deep cuts, as the striker had to be taken off for gruesome injuries.
While brushed off as an accident, Reading and Oliviera have both persisted it wasn’t so. Aston Villa’s players were frustrated at playing another home draw and Mings vented out his dismay in the worst manner. He might not have wanted to hurt Oliviera as he did but, we think, definitely wanted to rattle him up with a reckless challenge.
The post-match video scenes show (via the Metro) Mings seemingly knowing exactly what he’s doing, being aware of stamping his feet into Nelson’s face. Reading have pleaded to the FA to look into the matter once again and Mings should be heavily punished for displaying such shocking carelessness.
This isn’t the first time he’s done it either. Back in 2017, he made a similar stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He was handed a five-match ban for it, despite protesting his innocence persistently. It’s no coincidence that a similar, more gruesome scenario has taken place again.
Mings can plead all his innocence but repeated, similar offences show him to be a dangerous player. A severe ban, possibly for the rest of the season, is required to teach him in place as the FA risk encouraging Mings’ recklessness if they don’t take strict action.