Phil Neville today claimed foreign players have brought a dangerous brand of tackling to this country.

The Everton captain was on the receiving end of a John Mikel Obi challenge which earned the Chelsea player a red card in last night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg.

The Nigerian went in with studs showing in the 55th minute and, although his dismissal did not prevent Avram Grant's side winning 2-1, it took the shine off an impressive victory.

Neville said: "I think he went for the ball. It was probably with his studs showing, but foreigners tend to tackle like that. I don't think it was with any malice, but you cannot do that. That is the type of tackle we want out of our game."