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Aston Villa chief suspended for asking if bad referees were 'disabled'

Keith Wyness made the remark on Twitter.

Wyness learned his punishment today.
Wyness learned his punishment today.
Image: Tim Goode/PA Images

KEITH WYNESS, THE chief executive of Championship side Aston Villa, has been suspended from all football-related activities for three weeks following a post on social media.

The 59-year old has also been fined £10,000 (€11,400) for the tweet on 7 May this year.

Following a 1-1 draw with Brighton, Wyness retweeted a video of his side being denied a penalty which carried a caption asking if poorly performing referees were ‘disabled’.

Wyness admitted an English FA charge that the tweet was “abusive and/or insulting and/or improper”.

However, he told the Birmingham Mail he was “both surprised and disappointed at the severity of the punishment” for what he described as an “honest mistake”.

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