Michael Laudrup defends Chico Flores after Andy Carroll red card

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup defends Chico Flores after Sam Allardyce accused the Spanish defender of 'over-exaggerating' the red-card incident with Andy Carroll.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has defended Chico Flores after an incident between the centre-back and West Ham United striker Andy Carroll saw the England international sent off.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce accused the Spanish defender of 'over-exaggerating' the impact of Carroll's contact, but Laudrup appeared to stick up for his player when asked if Chico had made too much of it.

The Dane told reporters: "I can't really say, maybe he did. But the referee is a very good one and must have seen the elbow that Carroll gave and judging he did that on purpose.

"If I understand the rules, it does not matter how bad it is, if there is intention it is enough. It is the same with a tackle, even if you don't catch a player it can still be a red card."

Swansea City are currently in 14th place in the Premier League table.

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United celebrates with James Collins as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at Boleyn Ground on February 1, 2014
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