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Freedom Of Speech At Villa?

Freedom of speech and the fans duty!!

At the end of Saturdays game my daughter was assaulted by a Villa steward as she and a friend tried to unfurl a banner asking for the removal of Alex Mcleish. This was at the end of the game as fans were leaving the stadium. The stewards were more interested in preventing an inoffensive banner being displayed, than helping assist the safe exit of fans from the stadium.

It is obvious that all of the Support Prevention Officers (stewards) are now briefed before all games to look at any flags or banners being carried in to the game. They have previously removed mine. We purchased our Season cards before the appointment of McLeish and as a fully paid up customers we are perfectly entitled to show our disagreement with that decision. And as managers always say when they are given some stick, the paying public are fully within their rights to show their displeasure.

That is until now.

However most worrying was the absolute panic a banner could cause and the absolute disregard for fan safety in trying to prevent the display of this banner. Children were pushed aside in the rush to attack a 16 year old girl holding a flag. The simple fact is that the club cannot stop it happening. If they try to blame me then the banner will simply 'belong' to someone else. Each game the flag will have a new owner.

Obviously I will be contacting the club on this issue today. However I urge all Villa fans who want the removal of Alex McLeish to be aware that if you are taking any flags to Villa Park that they must be hidden from the Support Prevention Officers.

This denial of our freedom to disagree with what is happening at our club is more akin to Syria than to Villa Park. I was a shareholder before Randolph arrived. I had no choice but to give up my shares. I was a season card holder before the appointment of this failed manager. And now we are not allowed to show our disapproval of what is happening at our great club?? It highlights that the only way to get your feelings known is to boycott ticket sales and merchandise. Money talks. And if as a paying customers we are not allowed to give our opinion, then the only way is as none paying customers. The fight against this failed manager has now reached a new level and all Villa Fans should now vow to take the fight to the club.

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Writer:voiceoftheholte
Date:Monday April 23 2012
Time: 10:19AM

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If everyone (or as many as possible) took a flag into the ground undetected, they can't confiscate them all. The only way to deal with that kind of suppression is to ramp up efforts.
BOF
23/04/2012 10:30:00
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Get t-shirts printed rather than banners. What can they do then? As long a lots of people get involved it'll work.
jsmccue
23/04/2012 10:41:00
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Fact is VOTH that you knew in advance that this was not going to be tolerated yet you still asked your 16 year old daughter to unfurl it. Be honest, you got the reaction you wanted. If you wish to protest, as you clearly do and have the right to, then protest but do not ask others to carry the banner for you.
Gordonsleftboot
23/04/2012 10:48:00
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jsmccue. Already done that mate. Mine said 'Eck'. My pal sat next to me wore one saying 'out'. Unfortunately it is not likely to be seen on TV as I am in the top of the Holte. All it takes is a black pen and a £2 white tshirt from Asda. Be brilliant if those in the front of the Holte did it. Even better if some of those who sit behind the dug out did it. Great tv shot. McMuppet stood in front of Eck Out shirts!!
voiceoftheholte
23/04/2012 11:04:00
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glb - no longer my banner. Up to others if they want to take it in. But you miss the point. My daughter was assaulted helping somebody else unfurl their banner. Other supporters were endangered. This was before anyone knew what was on the banner being unfurled.
voiceoftheholte
23/04/2012 11:07:00
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Akin to Syria? You are joking, aren't you?
calavfc
23/04/2012 11:10:00
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Guys this is a joke, 6th May how they going to stop 30,000 fans from taking in posters everyone get behind Mcleish out day, Come onnnnn big game Tuesday guys.
astonvilla05
23/04/2012 11:41:00
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calavfc - only used as a reference in that any form of protest will be met with force. Same principal, albeit in a way that can not be compared to the suffereing of the Syrians. Is was an example of principal, not suffering or effect.
voiceoftheholte
23/04/2012 11:49:00
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Be vocal they cant stop us singing, lets get this clown out as soon as we beat bolton the songs must begin, "we'll renew, we'll renew, we'll renew when is is sacked, we'll renew when he is gone"
Chiefy
23/04/2012 12:09:00
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songs as soon as we beat bolton the pressure has got to go right up
Chiefy
23/04/2012 12:10:00
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