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O´Neill: I was wrong to berate ref

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Aston Villa manager Martin O´Neill admitted referee Steve Bennett was correct to banish him from the dug out after he saw Shaun Maloney grab an injury-time winner against Fulham from the confines of the press box.

O´Neill was given his marching orders after striding on to the pitch at half-time to remonstrate with Bennett.

O´Neill said: "The referee was right. I shouldn´t be publicly remonstrating with him coming off the field. I should have waited until we got to the privacy of the dressing room. I thought - probably wrongly now - that a Fulham player was down injured for the two minutes extra added on at the end of the first half."

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