Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support, in a message that is assumed to be in relation to his fine from the FA for comments made surrounding the performance of referee Jeremy Simpson in the win over Bolton Wanderers last month.
The Chinese owner was left enraged after defender Neil Taylor was sent off for a late tackle on Adam Le Fondre, and took to Twitter to express his anger at the decision.
He Tweeted: “Is the ref a AV hater? ️Not our day but 3 points only matters. Need keep going after the break. Consistency is the key this season. #UTV.”
Infamous for his presence and outbursts on social media, the businessman was slapped with a £4,000 fine by the FA, and warned about his future conduct.
Xia’s use of Twitter has proven controversial and humorous at the same time, and I am sure many Villa fans will find his comments following the Bolton game absolutely hilarious.
To a multi-billionaire £4,000 is a mere drop in the ocean, but Xia must reign in his behaviour in order to not tarnish the reputation of the club with the FA and the football community.
There is nothing wrong with being outspoken and opinionated on Twitter, in fact it is refreshing in a world in which clubs are very secretive regarding their activities behind the scenes, but Xia must now learn where to draw the line.
Villa fans, what do you make of Xia’s outburst and resultant fine? Have your say below…