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Hendrie 'No Angel' But Not That Low

Hendrie 'No Angel' But Not That Low

Lee Hendrie has admitted 'I'm no angel' but says he would 'never do anything so low' as to have a go at a disabled fan.

Following the reports this week: Hendrie In Hot Water Again the soon to be ex-Villa midfielder said:

I'd 'never, never threaten or abuse anyone in a similar position' Adding, 'I could not believe there was a story saying I had abused a man in a wheelchair because it is just not something I would do. I am no angel and I did have some banter as I always do with rival fans, but I would never, never stoop so low as this.'

'There were some words exchanged with a fan sitting some way back who made a comment about my family. I admit I swore back, but I never once said anything to the disabled supporters. My Auntie Ruth's son Glen is in a wheelchair - he has been ill for most of his life - and I would never do anything so low. When Juan and I got back to the dug-out he said to me that some of the fans had been 'evil' but there was nothing about this fan at all.'

'This allegation has left me feeling really low and very angry. Everyone knows I have been a colourful character in the past but I just want to keep my head down and play for Aston Villa. I don't want people who don't know me to judge me. As a professional footballer you get used to banter and abuse - just recently I got vilified for making a joke to a Colchester player about him cleaning my Ferrari. That is all part of the wind-up on the pitch, but this allegation is very different and I hope people believe me when I say I did not say anything like this at all.'

Villa spokesman Phil Mepham also says there is a witness who says the comments weren't made: 'The witness is not a Villa or United fan and is prepared to make a statement on Lee's behalf.'

Good, glad that has been cleared up, would hate any player to have done such a thing, especially whilst in a mighty claret and blue shirt.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday January 26 2007
Time: 5:10PM


Let's see what the police do. In the meantime, unless there is irrefutable evidence supporting the fan's story, Hendrie should be left alone to get on with his career - wherever.
26/01/2007 17:52:00
Nice to have an independant witness to back him up, and Lee, I think the quote "I have been a colourful character in the past" is a bit of an understatement, wouldn't you agree.?
26/01/2007 18:08:00
Unfortunately - this sums up his career to date - more off field dramas. If he was only half as good on the field as he is good at generating headlines of the negative kind, he'd probably be playing for England.
26/01/2007 19:28:00
he may be telling the truth no villa player or fan pics in a disabled person we are better then that
26/01/2007 19:48:00
Hopefully Lee will be fully vindicated over this slur. The fact that there is an independent witness prepared to speak up on his behalf suggests that the police need to direct their attention towards this supposed disabled United supporter. Serious stuff, false allegations.
26/01/2007 21:05:00
Didn't lee go out with Jade Goody? Perhaps she could be a character witness!!
26/01/2007 21:58:00
Who cares? I means, lets face it everyone knows is an arsewhole at the best of times. The sooner we are able to get rid of him the better.
27/01/2007 00:43:00
Innocent or not, the guy brings nothing but shame to our great club. The sooner he goes and we all move on the better.
27/01/2007 08:18:00
He may be an arseole but for ten years we were glad of the arseole. I think its time now, he went to Stoke played well (acording to my stokie mole) but its clear MON has no plans for LH to return to the team.
27/01/2007 09:06:00
He dated Jade Goody? where on earth did his brain go
27/01/2007 12:11:00
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