Walsall FC fans kick up fuss over Aston Villa M6 advert

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A row has kicked off after a giant advertising board looming over Walsall FC sparked anger among Saddlers fans – for showing an Aston Villa advert.

Walsall fans have taken to online forums to vent their frustrations after the Aston Villa advert appeared on the huge advertising sign next to a busy stretch of the M6.

The sign stands in the grounds of Walsall's Banks's Stadium and is seen by thousands of drivers every day.

But one of the adverts currently being shown on the huge screen – which was recently turned digital – shows a line up of Aston Villa stars. The move has upset some Walsall fans, who said it was 'embarrassing' for the League One club.

One fan headed online to brand the decision 'daft'.

"I fully understand about the financial benefits but it don't half make us look daft advertising another football club," he said.

Another said: "It seems absolutely daft to me. Yes you could argue the money is more important to us but surely there are hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that could advertise."

Steve Hanson, of the Independent Saddlers Club, said he was aware some fans had not been happy with the decision.

But he said: "As long as some of the money goes back into the club, it's understandable. It's a business too."

Walsall FC has not commented.

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