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Villa consider racism complaint against Barton

Aston Villa were last night weighing up whether to make an official complaint to the Football Association best canada goose jacket for women as they looked into allegations canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo that Joey Barton racially abused the England Under-21 international Gabriel Agbonlahor during Newcastle United’s 2-0 victory at St James’ Park on canada goose coat 1000 bulbs free Monday night.

Newcastle declined to comment. Barton’s agent, Willie McKay, said that he was in hospital last night and added: best price canada goose parka “I don’t want to talk about the situation. I don’t know anything about it.” Barton is understood to categorically deny the allegations.

Villa are undecided over what course of action to take, following a series of high-level meetings at Villa Park yesterday. Those involved the manager, Martin O’Neill, and buy a canada goose jacket senior club officials who consulted with the American owner, Randy Lerner, as they examined television footage to see whether there was any substance to allegations that Barton racially abused Agbonlahor in a first-half confrontation which had to be defused by the referee, Steve Bennett.

Barton appeared to swipe Agbonlahor in the face, though the FA said it would take no action over that incident, and it is understood Villa are considering their legal position in burlington coat factory canada goose coat what is a sensitive issue, coming only three games after Barton resumed his career at Newcastle following a six-match FA ban for his training-ground attack on a team-mate linked site, Ousmane Dabo, during his time at Manchester City. He previously served a jail sentence for affray and assault for an incident outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Liverpool.

Villa officials have confirmed that the investigation is into matters of a racist nature and Setanta Sports has provided the club with footage of the set-to with Agbonlahor. Villa’s legal advisers spent several hours yesterday examining the tapes and are considering employing lip-reading experts.

Agbonlahor is being consulted over whether he wants to proceed with an official complaint and O’Neill may be faced with the dilemma of whether to pursue the matter should his 22-year-old striker decline to do so.

The FA is awaiting Bennett’s report although it is understood he has made no mention of racism in it. An FA spokesman said: “We are authentic canada goose outlet aware of the rumours circulating and have had a number of calls on the subject but it is difficult to comment any further on something that has no further substance to it. We take seriously any allegations of racist abuse and will obviously act accordingly if we receive any official complaint from Aston Villa.”

Agbonlahor’s agent, Tim Webb, confirmed that can you buy canada goose jacket online he too was aware of the accusations but had not been in contact with his client about the subject. “I have berlin film festival ends canada goose jacket sponsorship amid not spoken to Gabby. It was a day off for him on Tuesday because he has such a hectic schedule with Villa and his mobile has been turned off. I am aware that Villa are looking into the situation,” he said.

If Villa press ahead with an buy canada goose parka uk official complaint it will spell further trouble for the controversial Newcastle midfielder less than a fortnight after he insisted he is a reformed character and wants to put his chequered past behind him. Barton claimed that he wants to be a role model for all young footballers but his return to action has been controversial. Barton has been supported by Newcastle’s interim manager, Joe Kinnear, but was the subject of abuse from Sunderland supporters while warming up in last month’s derby at the Stadium of Light.

Barton said after Monday’s game that people were making a “mountain out of a molehill” over his apparent swipe at Agbonlahor. “The referee gave a free-kick and I was debating with him because I didn’t think it was a free-kick. I thought it was a foul against me and I had hold of the ball. Their lad came across and barged me in the back. Nothing has gone on. People are making a mountain out of a molehill. Don’t forget, with the referee and their assistants around and all the cameras, you know you cannot raise your hands these days, and at no stage have I done that.”

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