Dean Smith admitted Anwar El Ghazi sees “red mist” after his extraordinary on-pitch row with Aston Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings.
El Ghazi and Mings were told to cool it last night by referee Mike Dean after the stars angrily locked heads in a 0-0 home draw with West Ham .
Winger El Ghazi, 24, and defender Mings, recently called up by England, argued in the Villa area after Mings conceded a corner in the 35th minute.
Dean intervened and appeared to consult VAR before telling both home players to cool it.
Villa boss Smith insisted there will be no further action following the incident but when asked about Dutchman El Ghazi’s temperament admitted: “He’s got a bit of red mist in him.”
Villa skipper Jack Grealish said: “They shook hands at half-time.
“It was all in the heat of the moment.
“We all said: ‘That can’t be happening out there.’ We have to be in this together.”
Referee Dean appeared to consult VAR before deciding the spat did not need punishment.
Villa boss Smith added: “I wasn’t worried about that.
“What I do know is the lads sorted it out themselves. I didn’t need to say anything. The players dealt with it.
“It went over the edge of what we want but the lads dealt with it discreetly.
“There’s a great togetherness in our dressing room.
“I didn’t think about taking him off. That’s the end of it as far as we are concerned. They shook hands and got on with it.”
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Despite seeing the Hammers reduced to 10-men in the second half as a result of Arthur Masuaku’s red card, Villa were unable to take advantage and had to settle for a draw.
The point leaves Villa 17th in the Premier League table, with Smith’s side taking just four points from their first five matches since returning to the top flight.
Meanwhile, West Ham missed their chance to move into third place and currently sit in eighth on goal difference, with only Liverpool and Manchester City earning more points than the eight managed by Manuel Pellegrini’s men.