Club Statement On The Idiot In The Crowd
After an idiot at the Pompey match aimed a 50 pence coin into the technical area hitting the assistant referee, the club have released an official statement.
Aston Villa have condemned the idiotic behaviour of the so called 'fan' after assistant referee Phil Sharp was hit above his right eye, causing a small cut.
The club and the FA will conduct an investigation into the event, and will be studying CCTV closely to identify the idiot.
The club have also said they will issue a lifetime ban to any individual found guilty of throwing the coin, and the FA have insisted their investigation will focus on finding the culprit as opposed to punishing the club.
We have a very good record, and we are known as a family club and as a fan I've always been pleased that the club rarely hit the headlines for this sort of behaviour.
It's a game off football, that's it. There are no excuses for this type of behaviour.
Speaking on the official site, Martin O'Neill said:
'It is unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable. It shouldn't be there.
'I turned to the fourth official and he told me there were four minutes of added time and then the next thing you know, the linesman is on the floor after being hit by a coin.
'It is just unacceptable and there's no place for it in the game whatsoever.
'From our own point of view, the club are making good strides. Since the chairman has come in, we have become a real supporter-friendly football club with a really good atmosphere so this is all terribly disappointing. It's just mindless!'