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Aston Villa owner fined for social media comments

The chairman and owner of Aston Villa Football Club, Tony Xia Credit: PA

The chairman and owner of Aston Villa Football Club has been fined £4,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on social media last month.

Tony Xia has also been warned about his future conduct after admitting the misconduct charge.

According to the FA, the comments constituted improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the match official and/or alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match official, and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

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Aston Villa sign Robert Snodgrass on loan from West Ham

Snodgrass joined West Ham from Hull only in January this year. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the signing of West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass on a season-long loan.

The Scotland international will link up again with Steve Bruce, who managed him at Hull, at Villa Park.

Snodgrass joined the Hammers in January but, having only made 15 appearances, has dropped down a division to secure regular first-team football.

The 29-year-old helped Hull win promotion to the Premier League in 2016 and is looking to do the same with Villa this season.

Former Leeds and Norwich player Snodgrass told Villa's official website: "I am delighted to join.

"I have had offers from other clubs but it was an easy decision to come here. You see the name Aston Villa with all its history, tradition, fanbase and it's a place you want to come to.

"Seeing it in the Championship doesn't look right.

"I want to be part of that journey back up to the Premier League. I am raring to go."

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