Date: 10th December 2007 at 12:44pm
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Head of Villa communications Phil Mepham has responded to the comments made by Harry Redknapp about the ‘vile’ abuse he faced by some supporters.

Phil said if Portsmouth make a complaint Villa will look into it adding:

‘There are stewards behind the dug-out area and they are trained in all types of security. We would really need to see the degree of the complaint before we could go any further. As a club we would say that this does not reflect the general behaviour of our supporters who have a good reputation. Under the new ownership of Aston Villa, a real effort is being made to make our supporters feel more part of the club with a number of initiatives brought in this season.’

Martin O’Neill also added that he’d not heard the comments but agreed managers shouldn’t have to put up with abuse.

‘I didn’t hear what was said but, if there have been chants emanating from the children’s area with bad language, then that should not be tolerated anywhere. Everyone expects banter and no-one will ever be able to prevent it. When you go to any away ground then you expect to take come kind of abuse. Every England player knew they were going to be in for some after the defeat against Croatia. It’s something which happens.’

What Unhappy ‘Arry Slates Abuse doesn’t mention is he was gesturing to the Holte End. I didn’t see any of it but if that is true – and I have no reason to doubt it is with the number of Villa fans in the forum talking about it – then he should be long enough in the tooth now to realise he’ll get a reaction?!

Must admit I’m surprised he got abuse from the Trinity, always thought ‘Arry was a pretty popular figure in football.