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The Enquiry On Coin Thrower Continues

What a shame that Monday press about Villa is being dominated by the act of one berk.

Martin O'Neill says that 'Arry might well have a point that the coin was aimed at him and says that the Pompey boss might be right in saying there should be more protection around the dug outs at games. Again, it would be a great shame following the action of one idiot - a fairly isolated incident at that - to lead to major changes. However people HAVE to feel safe at grounds for sure.

O’Neill said: 'I think that Harry has definitely got a point. It’s something that we as a club will start discussing now, because it’s happened so close to the dugout. An incident like this is exceptionally disappointing for us. I couldn’t condemn it more, it just shouldn’t happen, it is unacceptable.' Adding, 'Harry came and was subjected to verbal abuse last year [following the bung allegations] which no one likes. I don’t like getting abuse from away fans or home fans, none of us do. But that was nasty, really nasty. We need to do something about it. The club will and I think with any incident like that the responsibility lies with the club.'

The abuse is one thing and some do take it too far. I'm sure abuse wise, Harry must be more than used to it after moving from Portsmouth to Southampton!? He did seem to react last year and that has obviously made him a target, same as when David O'Leary used to react. If you react to these things then the twerps realise they can get to you and will surely do it even more? However the coin throwing is a different league of stupidity.

MON promised Villa will do all they can to find the 'culprit' adding, 'We have enough CCTV footage in and around the areas to do that.' And on Randy's reaction added, 'He will be extremely unhappy. He honestly has a love affair with the club and that will be a setback, absolutely. That’s not acceptable.'

'whoever does such things is a coward and a moron. That’s all you can say about people like that. Hopefully the culprit will be banned from football for life. There is no place in our marvelous game for that.'

Meanwhile 'Arry said 'I never said a word to anybody. I stood up about a 20th of the amount of time that Martin O’Neill did. Who deserves anything thrown at them by a coward or a moron? To throw a coin at someone, they’re obviously very brave people to do that. I was lucky it hit him instead of me. I was just glad it was a bad shot! That would have looked lovely if I’d have gone down but I wouldn’t have given him the satisfaction of going down. Hopefully they find out what idiot it was and ban him for life.'

He also mentions again the filthy abuse thrown his way. Surely there is a limit between banter, football and then just filth?

'I couldn’t see who it was, but I just looked round and there was a guy shouting obscenities and making filthy gestures and there were kids there so I just pointed at him. I don’t know whether it was him who threw it, but his language and what he was doing in front of young kids was a disgrace anyway. That’s got no place in football either. I don’t get any ‘aggro’ anywhere else. I’ve only had it here for some reason, probably because we beat Villa here last year and they weren’t used to losing that much at home so they probably got the needle.'

Adding, 'You come out of football grounds now and see grandparents with kids and they’re sticking fingers up at you and making filthy gestures to the coach and these people are taking their grandchildren to football and it scares me. I think it’s horrific.'

Martin Laursen says it was the work of an idiot but says you can't blame all the fans or the club for that action. 'It was not very nice. It is very bad behaviour. You don’t throw things, even if you are not happy with his decisions or whatever. It is something you don’t do – simple as that. But you can’t blame the entire club or the Aston Villa fans, not for one idiot.'

And Brad Friedel added, 'You can’t allow a thing like that to reflect on the club. It was just one individual who did an idiotic thing. You cannot throw things on to the pitch. I am sure the club will find the person responsible. Nowadays most of the seats in the ground, if not all, are covered by CCTV.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 20 2008

Time: 12:54PM

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The coverage of this is turning into a bit of a storm in a tea cup to be honest. i dont condone it, would never do it, no place in the game for it but ffs its like a witch hunt against aston villa in some areas of the media. Its a shame that this incident has allowed mike riley to get away with another shocking day at the office aswell. Find the guy responsible, ban him, address security around the dug out, move on, One thing that cracked me up was when 'arry redknapp started saying things like 'there is no place in the game for morons like this, ruining our beautiful game, and he wants nicking and sorting out by the police'......pot, kettle?????? Continual corruption charges 'arry?????
Stig
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20/10/2008 13:34:00

Disagree stig, think it is a major point, managers and refs have to be safe to do their job. I think the press have been quite fair in the reflection that this was one idiot, not the whole Villa club or fans.
The Fear
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20/10/2008 13:47:00

At the end of the day that coin could have hit a small kid or OAP, very bad bunch of lads that is.
DO'L
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20/10/2008 15:30:00

Millwall V Leeds at the weekend, some of the Millwall fans wearing Turkey shirts led to Leeds fans throwing loads of coins and seats which apparently hit their own disabled supporters. Everton fans were apparently spat on by Arsenal supporters and fighting broke out there aswell because of this. How many coins were thrown at Villa Park?? I can't believe that there was only 1 which flukily hit a target even though it was the wrong one. This needs to be stamped out throughout football and not just because someone actually connected with a throw. Those that miss are just as guilty!!!!
Villan444
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20/10/2008 19:13:00

Loving your joke on SSN about the credit crunch Fear!!
deano.avfc
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20/10/2008 19:21:00

Thing is the story has run its course, the club obviously cant find the idiot but I bet the coin thrower threw it and left before it landed.
col8
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21/10/2008 08:36:00

It was one bloke,One dickhead,It was not aston villa fc or the fans there were 30 odd thousand villa fans in there and the worst most of them did was call harry a *****er,As for the foul mouthed abuse it doesn`t suprise me,A lot of "grown men"who have never done anything in their lives go to football and live through team as if it is their achievments on the pitch and they end up taking it all to seriously.
lerneravfc
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21/10/2008 11:02:00

More importantly,who are the dickheads behind the dugout giving the best manager we have had in years grief?
lerneravfc
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21/10/2008 11:05:00

Fans behind the dug-out have been giving Brian Little grief? Whatever for?
Quagmire
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21/10/2008 12:13:00

this is blown way out of proportion simply because the coin drew blood, i remember a game last year when at least 7 2p coins were threw at our keeper within seconds, was anything said after the game? no not a peep. i wonder if its worth giving all the players/officials hard hats and just let the fans throw things, at least the media cant make a circus out of it as much.
Astonian Villan
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21/10/2008 13:52:00

thanks deano, I keep promising myself one of these days I'll grow up, but never get round to it!
The Fear
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21/10/2008 16:00:00

There aren't any behind the dug out giving MON grief lernergavfc, not that I hear anyone, and I sit right by the bench on row 1. Occassionally people say a player is playing poor and sub them etc but that is just footie crowds, certainly none of the abuse poor GT got. DOL used to get some stick but not the same filth that GT got and it was awful to hear for such a Villa man.
The Fear
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21/10/2008 16:06:00

GT doesn't care about us, he's a fool.
PTP
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22/10/2008 09:30:00

Totally wrong PTP. I've spoken to him and emailed with him on numerous occassions and he cares very much about Villa, very much.
The Fear
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22/10/2008 09:37:00

Spoken with GT before and his love of the Villa is obvious, the man is certainly not a fool
steff_the_villan
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22/10/2008 10:43:00

You're very misinformed PTP. Sad that a Villa supporter holds that opinion of a man who holds everything AVFC very dear to his heart.
glensider
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26/10/2008 03:08:00

Someone somewhere knows the identity of this coin throwing idiot. Hopefully he will be pointed out to authorities on Wednesday evening when Blackburn Rovers roll into town.
glensider
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27/10/2008 15:28:00

 

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