By Danny Wright
BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has slammed Everton defender Ashley Williams for ‘losing control’ during his side’s Europa League loss against Lyon on Thursday night.
Williams, 33, sparked a second-half flashpoint by shoving Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings, which lead to a mass melee which involved almost all players as well as some fans.
Strangley, the Welsh international was only shown a yellow card despite replays appearing to show him punching a visiting player.
Such is football, the centre-back scored an equaliser for Everton four minutes after he was booked for the incident, however it didn’t impact the final result as Ronald Koeman’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Ligue 1 side.
After the game, Jenas slammed Williams for not showing a bit more restraint in what he believes has been a very tough few weeks for the ex-Swansea ace.
“The last couple of weeks will go down as the toughest weeks of his career,” said Jenas during BT Sport’s post-match coverage on Thursday night, as shown on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account.
“Getting knocked out [of World Cup qualifying] with Wales in the way that they did, a lot of that fell on his shoulders, in terms of the way they went out.
“He was captain tonight [Thursday] and the pressure Everton are going through, it seemed to me like that all came together and he lost control at one specific moment.”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 19, 2017
Senior player Williams has been ever-present this term but has done little to prove that he is capable of playing for one of the Premier League’s top sides with a series of calamitous displays.
He has made 14 appearances across all competitions, but was dropped to the bench last week in the 1-1 draw with Brighton in what was the first non-start he had in the league.