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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.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 26 2007

Time: 5:10PM

Your Comments

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.
villacross
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.?
steff_the_villan
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.
myleftfoot
he may be telling the truth no villa player or fan pics in a disabled person we are better then that
Christo
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.
glensider
Didn't lee go out with Jade Goody? Perhaps she could be a character witness!!
Gazvilla
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.
myleftfoot
Innocent or not, the guy brings nothing but shame to our great club. The sooner he goes and we all move on the better.
mackaavfc
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.
col8
He dated Jade Goody? where on earth did his brain go
Christo
Christo - I think we know the answer to that one!
Gazvilla
O come on,he did pull some great faces,used to kill me,especially the Stan Laurel one he always did as he went in for a tackle.Well funny.Bless ya Lee,if you are going at least i'll miss ya,lol.
Dudley_Villa
There are a lot of us who will miss him and the potential he showed early in his career, just a shame he wasted what was a very promising future
steff_the_villan
Lee is definitely paying the price nowadays for the indiscretions that have dogged him throughout his career.
glensider
 

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