'Disgusted and appalled' Villa condemn racist chants

Tom McGowanDeputy Head of Sport
Marvelous Nakamba joined Aston Villa in the summer. (Credit: Getty Images)
Marvelous Nakamba joined Aston Villa in the summer. (Credit: Getty Images)

Aston Villa have expressed disgust after a video emerged of a group of their fans singing a racist chant about one of the club’s players.

Footage on social media shows a group of fans taking part in a racist chant aimed at midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, which also referenced his team-mate John McGinn, during Saturday’s match against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

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Ezri Konsa was the subject of similar abuse earlier this season.

“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,” read a statement.

“The club wholly condemns the chant and urges other supporters to help us identify those responsible.

Ezri Konsa made his Premier League debut on Saturday. (Credit: Getty Images)
Ezri Konsa made his Premier League debut on Saturday. (Credit: Getty Images)

“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.”

Nakamba starred for Villa in a 5-1 thrashing of Norwich, while Konsa was introduced as a second-half substitute.

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust had earlier posted a statement deploring the fans involved, insisting: “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable.”

“Our security staff will be vigilant at forthcoming games to ensure that anybody attempting repetition of this chant will be dealt with severely,” continued Villa’s statement.

“We know we can rely on the assistance of the majority of our fans to eradicate this toxic behaviour immediately.

“If anyone has any information please contact the club on 0121 327 2299.”

Both Nakamba and Konsa arrived at Villa during the summer transfer window. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nakamba was signed from Club Brugge in Belgium with Konsa joining the Birmingham club from Brentford.

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