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Christian Benteke DID NOT Disrespect Villa

Well, this is very important. This sort of journalism causes offense, upset and anger.

Christian Benteke has been quoted in the press today saying he loves Arsenal, wants to move from Villa, didn`t even realise we weren`t a London club etc.

I`m not going to link to the articles, I`m just not prepared to give them any page impressions at all.

Read what they say he said. NO PLAYER would say that, NO PLAYER would dare.


I`ve just spoken to a close contact at Villa who said this was an interview in French, for Belgian tv and he simply has not said these things. He`s been "misconstrued, misrepresented" and most importantly I was told "Christian is VERY upset that these quotes have been attributed to him, he is delighted to be at Villa and has been heartened by the way the fans have taken to him so quickly."

The club will get some quotes out later to totally dismiss these horrible reports. Can I ask all of you who read this to 'facebook like` or re-tweet and generally share around.

If he had said anything like this, I`d have actually bombed him straight back out in January, but put simply, he hasn`t.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 16 2012

Time: 10:44AM

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horrible being misquoted. Had an incident myself years ago when doing all the Ellis stuff. Picked up a paper and read 'my' quotes from a journo I'd never even talked to. 'I' said things I'd have never said. But of course, you can't correct them! Leads to a lot of anger coming your way and is totally unfair!
The Fear
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16/11/2012 10:55:00

Why is though JP that it's always our players that seem to get misquoted! no smoke without fire.
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16/11/2012 11:01:00

I cant understand why people bother with our media... Whatashock Vilahave their best performance and looklike thy are turning the corner with Bentekes help and this comes out. We are a club the press love to give out negative press on as e are not very successful in recent years, not great to watch and not based in London. I would take this as a good thing that Villa are on the rise and maybe are less easy to get to than QPR or Reading so they would like to see us go down ahead of them! If you read the quotes then read the headline again its actually a joke headline rather than a joke interview!! I loved watching Arsenal in the Henry, Petit, Bergkamp, Vieira days - who didnt? Spurs fans maybe
Chelt Villan
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16/11/2012 11:08:00

If they're trying to shoot us down, we must be on the rise!!
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16/11/2012 11:10:00

I guess the press have gotten bored with Bent rumours and seems Benteke is playing well, it's time to upset him too. Perhaps the journo, if I can call him that, is a QPR fan - lol.
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16/11/2012 11:14:00

Remember the Petrov interview in Bulgaria about how he admired Liverpool as a youngster? Imagine what has REALLY been said. As I kid I loved watching Arsenal. Henry was my hero. It was a dream to play for them etc etc...As for the London thing that is old hat...He said b4 that when he first heard of Villa's interest he didn't know about the location of the club..he did his research b4 he signed..found out about the history and tradition..spoke to a Belgian m8 who lays at Albion...BEFORE HE SIGNED... January is oming andthe press are looking to create stories.
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16/11/2012 11:16:00

Trouble is sometimes there is no smoke without fire, if Arsenal came tomorrow with a 15 million bid he would be gone, because we have become a selling club , I love the guy though so hope he doesn't leave for many a year. Feel like we have a chance against City, they played real good against UTD
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16/11/2012 11:16:00

I tried to post a link to this article on the sun website article in question, but their moderators deleted my three attempted comments. Obviously rational opinions or opinions that make them look the fools that they are are not allowed.
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16/11/2012 11:20:00

I wouldnt be suprised if he was asked about who he admires and maybe said arsenal and Henry. Just a point tho, he is only 21! he had suddenly found himself in the prem playing bloody well, I can forgive him for having high ambitions and I would worry about a players hunger if he intended to play for Villa (as we are at the moment) a lower half team, we need players who want to get to the champions league and their ambition WILL take up back towards the top of the table. SO I have no issue with him being ambitious. I wouldnt expect us to sign Villa fan!
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16/11/2012 11:24:00

Glad ive seen this as when i read the morning reports my heart sank and it put me in a real bad mood. For a minute i thought Bentekkers had been taking advice from that cheeky little Swedish s**t that we have just signed! Hope this gets is published quickly so all fans see it, Christian has been doing well and is building up a good relationship with the fans, be very sad if this ruins it. Journalists like that really hack me off!!
Lion Heart
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16/11/2012 11:37:00

But the swedish 16 yr old kid still gets hammered!!! this happens all the time, i said in the forum they interview for 15 mins and pull it together for what they want to sell papers!
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16/11/2012 12:09:00

Great news, I shat when I read then "quotes".
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16/11/2012 13:39:00

That is sad and pathetic of The Sun mods removing the link, ffs, it isn't slating them, it is just correcting an inaccurate report. If we made a mistake, we'd apologise in an article straight away, life is too short not to! The quotes didn't seem right today, so I rang the press spokesman at Villa. Responsible reporting, you would think the Sun (the Express also ran the story) could do the same
the Fear
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16/11/2012 14:45:00

When, oh when will Villa fans stop reading the crappy, trashy, fictional gutter press and believing it? Stop and think for a moment - how many times a year do you read a headline in these rags that comes true? Having been 'behind the scenes' with some press-worthy stuff unrelated to football, I know first hand that *at least* half of what you read is simply rubbish - it's made up; that's why they call them stories - no more factual than the ones your mum read to you at bedtime. As for what a 16 year-old is *supposed* to have said in a foreign language to a newspaper - purlease - get a grip and stop believing this crap. Finally, would somebody please define a 'selling club', because I don't know any team in the Premier League that hasn't been forced to sell a player they wanted to keep - ManUre couldn't hold onto Ronaldo, Liverpoo couldn't hold onto Torres, Arsenal couldn't hold onto Van Persie, Fabregas, and I could go on and on. So how are Villa more of a selling club than these? Get a grip - it's called life.
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16/11/2012 15:27:00

Why is it though I always get misquoted! no smoke without fire.

See how easy that was, now think translating - and it's usually French into England - cropping the words and refocusing the angle to make a story more unique for you than any other outlets who might have already run it, and it's not very difficult at all. It's what makes the journo world go round.

Krfes - from memory the Petrov interview was for a JVLife group and the question was if not Villa, which other Prem club would he have liked to have played for.

It's why I tried not to comment too much on the Swedish kid as well, because his comment could have come from any question and could also have been something he said when he trialled at Chelsea before that didn't work out lol It's frightening how often old quotes are used in new stories, and it's why when I think they are old I either point it out or ignore them.

Listen to the builder...stick to us for accuracy lol
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16/11/2012 16:01:00

The reason I don't buy tabloids. Cheap, nasty journalism and an insult to intelligence. To quote the mighty Ozzy, "They're just a bunch of ***kers".
Windy Villain
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16/11/2012 18:51:00

As I expected and as I posted 24 hours ago, he has been misquoted etc etc. The press are the same wherever you go....
Pride of Lions
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17/11/2012 01:11:00

Whether he said it or not they are all the same. Loyalty is something that used to exist in football before it became a bit *****. If Arsenal or any other bigger club came in for him he would be gone in a flash. People just need to accept that as a fact about modern football or just find another sport to follow!
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17/11/2012 01:47:00


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