Garde: Ayew red card inexcusable

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde will hold private talks with Jordan Ayew following his red card against West Ham, but he insists the striker's actions were inexcusable.

The English Premier League strugglers made a solid start in their game against the Hammers on Tuesday evening, but the tide turned when Ghanaian forward Ayew was given his marching orders in the 17th minute for elbowing Aaron Cresswell in the face.

Villa went on to lose the match 2-0 with Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate scoring after the visitors went down to 10 men.

"I will only answer one question on Jordan. It will remain private between him and me," Garde was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the game.

"I'm not going to speak any more about this incident. I don't need to express any more of my feelings. You can guess Jordan's feelings.

"We have just played 90 minutes of football and I'd like to talk just about the game. Everything that happens in the dressing room of a professional football team should stay there as much as possible."

He later added on the official Villa website: "Jordan has no excuse to do that. I know that he knows that.

"He will be suspended now."