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An Apology To Phil Sharp

The majority of Villa fans are embarrassed and appalled that a brainless thug, who threw a coin towards - we assume - Harry Redknapp, which hit the linesman in the Villa v Pompey game.

Some on the Vital forum have asked in the General's thread what we can do to send our apologies and good wishes to the linesman in question, so I thought a nice simple use of this site would be to start a thread and I'm sure the General will be only too happy to pass on the comments to him on our behalf.

Personally I'm gutted the good name of the club has been dragged through the press by this one joker and hope to goodness that the ctv will pick up on who it was OR the people who were around him will shop him, someone must have seen who it was. There is plenty of space in football for passion and heated debate, there is NO place for this sort of action.

So for all those that wish, leave a message of good will to Phil Sharp either in the front page article comments or in the forum and I will make sure they get passed on.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 19 2008

Time: 8:32PM

Your Comments

shocking way to be treated, hopefully you realise this isn't the way the real Villa fans behave. A thousand apologies that happened to you, the vast majority are greatly embarrassed and sorry for this incident.
The Fear
Having been away in London this weekend and not seeing any TV I was devastated when I picked up a paper this afternoon to see the good name of Aston Villa being dragged through the gutter by this one moron. I hope that Mr Sharp bears no ill effects and that he and the rest of the country realise that this one bad apple does not represent 99.9% of Villa fans.
Adam Deuce
sorry on behalf on of aston villa and please dont think we all act like the prat
meakers
I don't think anyone thinks that all villa fans throw coins at assistant referees... your reputation will (probably) remain untarnished
pompeycarpet
I don't think we should blame Villa or football fans. The issue is the complete breakdown in decent society. Where the minority of kn0bheads run amok.
storagematt
Good idea this. Thankfully Phil Sharp's injuries were only minor. Apologies to him from all proper Villa fans. Sadly I hear a coin was thrown at the linesman in the stoke v spurs match as well. It won't get as much publicity as this, because it missed, but the action and intent is just as bad. I just worry that with too much publicity, it might become the 'in thing' for the morons in our society to do. Anyway, good luck Phil sharp, and sorry.
krfeskivilla
Very unhappy that our name is brought to this level, sincere appologies to Phil Sharp, from real Villa fans
Trekker
Dear Mr Sharp, one fan has tarnished the great name of Aston Villa Football Club this weekend. On behalf of all villa fans, i have to say a huge sorry because this type of thing does not belong in football. I am sure Aston Villa will catch and punish the offender appropriateley. I hope you wasn't hurt too much and once again i am truly sorry.
randy.stand
Heartfelt apologies Mr Sharp, and to Harry Redknapp for that matter, from real Villa fans in the Upper Trinity. Quite what our American owners think of this senseless violence, Heaven only knows, please forgive us all for tarnishing our great club's name.
swj
Lets hope the culprit is outed, nothing should be lobbed onto the field of play... or in the stands for that matter. Phil Sharp please accept our apologies as supporters of Aston Villa.
tomog
Disgraceful behaviour from anyone, Phil Sharp please dont think this is usual at the club, anyone knowing who did this has a duty to report them.
col8
Phil, I'm sorry it happened. To the idiot who threw it: hang you head in shame. You do not belong in any society.
Gordonsleftboot
Phil - you receive our sincere apologies as you can see from 99.9% of decent people watching football at Villa Park. You are just doing your job and then some idiot flings a dangerous missile in your general direction with no thought of the consequences. Small mercies, but glad it was only a minor cut above the eye and didn't actually cause more serious or permanent damage. All the best.
YatesyVillain
It was bang out of order and the guy is a yob should be banned for life,But this is a bit over the top,He was hit with a 50p not a bullet.
lerneravfc
Aston Villa Fans have nothing to reproach themselves for. Unfortunately, it just takes one idiot....... We have had some good banter with you in the lead up to the match and although I was not there, I understand that it was a good match, so that this should happen is a great shame. First class club and great fans - we look forward to welcoming you to Fratton Park (where we hope to take three points off you:-)
Gandor
That kind of action is not condoned by Aston Villa and their many fans, hopefully the disgraceful fan who did this will be banned for life and never get to come in our grand stadium again.....
Bearvill
Any decent fan of any club is appalled by this. This moron does not represent the overwhelming majority of decent villa fans. My sincere apologies Mr Sharp.
jonah
True, we should not be apologising for the actions of 1 idiot that doesn't represent our club as a whole but rest assured that he is on his own and noone condones this. The Tw@t is such a bad shot he could have hit MON!!!!
Villan444
Sorry to see what happend to you Mr Sharp, hopefully the mindless fool who threw the coin is caught and banned from all sport arena for life.
adamavfc
Apologies Mr Sharp - should not happen in this day and age. I feel ashamed that our proud club has this incident associated with them. All the very best.
deano.avfc
It shouldn't be the club apologising, it should be the coward that flung the coin.
comeonthepools
The coward that 'flung the coin' comeonthepools hasn't got the balls to come forward, identify himself, and apologise, hence the reason he throws coins at people to express himself. A gutless punk.
glensider
The best apology we can make in this nasty affair is to bring the culprit to justice. Idiots like this jerk are not wanted or needed at Villa Park.
glensider
 

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