Live

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

OTB Gold
Aston Villa condemns fan video...
Soccer

Aston Villa condemns fan video containing racist chants

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

02:43 7 Oct 2019

Aston Villa Football Club says those responsible for racist chants directed towards midfielder Marvelous Nakamba over the weekend will be reported to the police and "dealt with in the strongest possible manner".

Videos emerged on social media following the club's 5-1 against Norwich City of a group of fans singing about the Zimbabwean international, which has alleged references to slavery.

The midfielder joined from Club Brugge over the summer for around €12.3 million (£11 million), and has already made four Premier League appearances for the Birmingham-based club.

In a statement on the club's website, they said:

"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."

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust has also condemned the videos, saying:

"AVST is disappointed to hear about the chanting directed towards Marvelous Nakamba yesterday. It's a cheap and insulting stereotype that has no place in this day and age.

'Racist stereotypes are never acceptable. Hiding so-called support behind such words are reprehensible and are condemned by all decent Villa supporters.

'We will be contacting the club regarding this issue and we will be working closely with them to ensure it is addressed swiftly."

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Aston Villa Marvelous Nakamba Premier League Racism

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Up next

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

OTB

OTB

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Dadcast

LIVE: Dadcast

10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

11:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-09:30 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

09:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

European Tour Race to Dubai show

European Tour Race to Dubai show

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on