Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill was active in trying to strengthen his squad on deadline day, although some targets did fall by the wayside.
One of those was Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, who opted to join Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season instead.
Mings made his debut in Villa’s 0-0 draw with Reading at the weekend and it was eventful, to say the least.
The 25-year-old defender caused Royals striker Nelson Oliveira a broken nose and substantial facial damage following a second-half incident.
According to BBC Sport, Mings won’t face any further action as the referee saw the incident on the day.
The footage doesn’t look good, however, with Oliveira’s wife in doubt as to what she thought of the incident with a post on Instagram:
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Just want to say that Nelson is much better and he will come home tomorrow. It was a sad day for us and I hope someone will appeal for this guy get a lengthy ban! There’s absolutely no excuse for his behaviour. He knew where his head was. Any injury is upsetting but something like this is just disgusting. I hope something will happen, he can’t get away with that! He’s got previous! Thank you all for the msgs, love and support 🙏🏼❤️😘
Following such an incident, Forest supporters have seen Mings choosing to join Villa as something of a lucky escape.
The Reds would have probably welcomed Mings to the club; especially given his pedigree when it comes to playing in the Championship.
This situation of such controversy, however, as left Forest supporters in no doubt as to whether he would have been welcomed on the banks of the River Trent.
Seat Pitch rounded up the best tweets following the Reds’ failure to capture Mings.
It is absolute madness to be honest! Only if the Ref didn’t see it can there be action? If that was on the street, there would have been an arrest and even possible prison time! If I was Oliveira I’d report to the police as assault! The guy is scarred for life! Shocking! 😡😡😡
— Olly Bausor (@OllyBausor) February 4, 2019
And so it should also be that, if the ref sees something VAR related but fails to do the right thing, then VAR should not be used retrospectively. The double standards of football and it’s governing bodies to not allow any culpability to officials is, quite frankly, pathetic.
— Inzy (@Inzy213) February 4, 2019
Can’t nelson involve the police. That’s gbh.
— Dean ricci ashley (@Ricci101) February 4, 2019
What s joke !! Should be banned until next season
— ash islip (@ash_islip) February 4, 2019
The shortened final stride looks quite damning. If anything you’d expect a player to attempt to lengthen that stride to avoid standing on the man, he seems to do the opposite in my opinion. Forest may have missed a bullet with Mings.
— Kevin Malpass (@Kwm59Kevin) February 4, 2019
10 match ban at least in my book
— Marc Routledge (@redroutledge) February 4, 2019
He’s a thug glad he didnt come to the City ground disgusting behaviour not once but twice now could have been life changing for Oliveira
— Dominic Wiffin (@DominicWiffin) February 4, 2019