Aston Villa vow to take action following racist chants

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Villa have promised to take the strongest action possible against any supporters found guilty of chanting a racist song which references two of the club’s players.

Villa Park.

The club say they are “disgusted and appalled” after social media videos emerged of fans chanting the song, which references midfielders John McGinn and Marvelous Nakamba, during Saturday’s 5-1 win at Norwich.

Villa are urging other supporters to help them catch the perpetrators and have vowed to report anyone identified to the police.

A club statement read: “Aston Villa is disgusted and appalled by footage circulating on social media of supporters chanting a racist song which makes reference to two of our first team players.

“The club wholly condemns the chant and urges other supporters to help us identify those responsible.

“Chants of this nature besmirch the good name of Aston Villa Football Club and our fans. If the perpetrators are identified they will be dealt with in the strongest manner by the club and be reported to the police immediately.

“Our security staff will be vigilant at forthcoming games to ensure that anybody attempting repetition of this chant will be dealt with severely.

“We know we can rely on the assistance of the majority of our fans to eradicate this toxic behaviour immediately. If anyone has any information please contact the club on 0121 327 2299.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.


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