Aston Villa ‘disgusted and appalled’ by fans’ racist chant

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Aston Villa has released a statement regarding a racist Song sung by the club’s fans, saying they are “disgusted and appalled” that two of the club’s players were targeted during Villa’s 5-1 victory away to Norwich City on Saturday.

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Video of a number of away fans signing the racist song about Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba was posted on social media, prompting the club to denounce the racist abuse in a statement on Monday.

“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 behavior immediately.”

Villa defender Ezri Konsa, who made his PL debut on Saturday, was also targeted by racist chanting by his own fans earlier this season. The Aston Villa Supporters Trust released their own statement, saying, “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable.”