LONDON: Leicester defender Steve Howey has hit out at Ashley Cole over the horror tackle which saw the Arsenal full-back sent off on Saturday.
Cole was dismissed after a two-footed lunge left Leicester's Ben Thatcher writhing in agony and took a couple of minutes to leave the field as heated exchanges broke out.
He's done it a few times. It's a coward's challenge, Howey told The Sun.
I went across to him, to ask 'What's the need for that?' He just mouthed off which I really wasn't happy about.
Cole is now set to miss games against Bolton on December 20, Wolves on Boxing Day and Southampton on December 29 if referee Rob Styles confirms that his dismissal was for 'serious foul play'.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also pledged to investigate the incident to see if any internal punishment is warranted.
We all know two-footed tackles are dangerous and we don't encourage our players to do them, said Wenger.
I will have to look at the incident again and decide what we do about it. If he wanted to hurt the opponent then that is completely wrong, but it's difficult to say and I will review the tackle on television. My reaction will depend on the intent of the player.
Cole, due to play in Arsenal's Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday, claims he did not set out to hurt Thatcher.
The tackle was in the heat of the moment, I didn't go over the ball and I didn't mean to hurt Ben Thatcher, he said.
Cole was the 53rd player under Wenger's regime at Highbury to be sent off. AFP