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Cardiff want FA probe over Davis

Roger Johnson receives treatment before being taken to hospital following a controversial clash with Claude Davis
Roger Johnson was kept in hospital until Monday

Cardiff want the Football Association to investigate the challenge by Crystal Palace's Claude Davis that left Roger Johnson needing hospital treatment.

Centre-back Johnson was hit in the throat during Cardiff's 2-0 away win and had trouble breathing, and was released from hospital on Monday.

City chairman Peter Ridsdale said in a statement: "The challenge looks deliberate and malicious."

Palace boss Neil Warnock said: "Claude didn't elbow him. He ran into his arm."

Ridsdale says that the clash "could have more seriously endangered Roger Johnson's well being than hopefully is the case".

The statement continues: "If the incident had happened off the field of play, the police would have been asked to view the video with a view to considering assault charges."

Davis caught Johnson with a flying arm, prompting Cardiff manager Dave Jones to accuse the Palace defender of elbowing his player.

Jones and Warnock were both sent to the stands at half-time immediately after the incident had occurred, with Jones having to be held away from Davis.

Warnock added: "I don't think Claude will get done for that. There was no arm movement at all."

But a furious Jones, who had already seen his striker Michael Chopra leave the field after a heavy challenge, had a very different take on the incident.

Opposing managers Neil Warnock and Dave Jones are sent to the stands after getting involved in the Roger Johnson-Claude Davis row
Neil Warnock and Dave Jones after being sent to the stands

"I look after my players, what I saw out there is not acceptable," he told BBC Sport Wales. "I am incensed because I don't think that's right.

"You can't get away with it. The referee… says he missed it, which is fine, he's keeping his eye on the ball, but we didn't.

"I was a big centre-half, you go in… but you go for the ball, it's as simple as that.

"I played the game at the highest level, but some of the things that went on out there were unacceptable."

Ross McCormack was Cardiff's two-goal hero, but he says he did not enjoy the match.

"It was brutal but we dug deep and got the three points," the Scotland striker told BBC Sport Wales after taking his season's tally to 21.

"It was a grind, it was a horrible game to be involved in, we showed good character.

"It was an elbow [against Johnson], I took the corner and it was going for Roger's head but the arm came across and caught him."

Cardiff midfielder Mark Kennedy agreed with McCormack's assessment without criticising his old club Palace.

"The game was absolutely horrible," the Republic of Ireland international told BBC Sport Wales.

"No criticism of the opposition but it was just an unbelievably physical game.

"One thing I'm really pleased about is we stood up to their physical challenge that was put to us, matched it in every department and thoroughly deserved the win.

"It was one of the toughest games I've played in this year.

"I'm not in a position to say if some [of the challenges] were dangerous or bad.

"Poor Roger's in a bit of a bad way… I certainly couldn't turn around and say it was done on purpose or wasn't, only Claude knows that, you'd like to think he's a good honest pro and it was accidental.

"In fairness I've heard some players say they thought it was [accidental] and others thought it wasn't.

"The most important thing was we kept our composure… and got the three points."



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