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Aston Villa chief Wyness slams FA after fine and ban for ‘disabilities’ retweet

Date Posted,June 2, 2017

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has slammed the FA after being hit with a ban from football.

Wyness,59, has been fined £10,000 and given a three-week suspension over his social media use.

He shared a Twitter video of Villa being denied a penalty in their final Championship game with a caption questioning if under-performing referees had “disabilities”.

He stormed: “My record in football has been spotless until this event.

“I am both surprised and disappointed at the severity of the punishment. I will go to my grave knowing it was an honest mistake.”

Jack Grealish equalised for Villa on the final day of the season vs Brighton (Photo: Aston Villa FC)

Wyness swiftly deleted the Tweet and apologised once a supporter pointed out his actions but the FA still acted.

He added: “I have received the findings of a recent disciplinary hearing into a re-tweet that I mistakenly sent on the last day of the season.

“I requested a personal hearing earlier this week because it was hugely important to me to firstly apologise for my genuine mistake in person and I also wanted the opportunity to make it clear to the panel I am really remorseful and extremely disappointed in myself for making such a silly mistake.

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“When my error was first brought to my attention by a supporter, I immediately deleted the retweet and issued a public apology.

“I simply saw the video and not the comment attached to it. I send my sincerest apologies to anyone I may have offended and would like to re-affirm the club’s commitment to its work with people of all ages and abilities.”

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