Fed-up Villa fans will go miss­ing for 8 min­utes

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AS­TON VILLA fans are plan­ning a shock protest – by boy­cotting the first EIGHT MIN­UTES of Satur­day’s clash with Liver­pool.

Sup­port­ers are fu­ri­ous at the club’s po­si­tion, with just 11 goals in 21 Premier League games mak­ing their side the most bor­ing in English foot­ball.

Angry fans called for man­ager Paul Lam­bert to be axed and shouted “We want our Villa back” dur­ing the 1-0 de­feat at Le­ices­ter on Satur­day.

Now a trio of web­sites have joined forces to plan a demo where the Holte End is left empty for eight min­utes – one minute for each year Amer­i­can owner Randy Lerner has held the club.

A state­ment said: “We be­lieve there is no bet­ter way of show­ing the board how we feel than hav­ing an empty Holte End for the first eight min­utes of the Liver­pool match this week­end, one for the past eight sea­sons un­der the cur­rent regime.

“After the eight min­utes, then take your seat and support the team fully for the re­main­ing 82 min­utes, a num­ber syn­ony­mous with Villa’s finest hour.

SELL­ING: Randy Lerner and in our role as sup­port­ers, know­ing the owner isn’t go­ing to change his mind while try­ing to sell the club, we have to play our part.

“How­ever, things are not right at As­ton Villa and it’s not just un­der Paul Lam­bert. There have been too many sea­sons of un­der achieve­ment and this great club and its sup­port­ers de­serve bet­ter. Un­less things change soon, the de­cline will con­tinue.

“This is a peace­ful demon­stra­tion fol­lowed up by good old-fash­ioned As­ton Villa support. This is a mes­sage that if ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing is not done to drive As­ton Villa for­ward, it’s pos­si­ble that more sup­port­ers are go­ing to leave the Holte End, but this time not come back.”

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