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Stars and public show support at match for Stiliyan Petrov's charity

Ex-Aston Villa players Julian Joachin and Alan Wright were among those playing for a special XI today Credit: ITV News Central

A host of former Premier League football stars have turned out for a charity football match today, in aid of Stiliyan Petrov's charity foundation.

A host of former Premier league stars turned out to play alongside Petrov, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year Credit: ITV News Central

A Petrov XI lined up against a team made up of Aston Villa legends in the match which kicked off at 2pm this afternoon.

The public turned out in good numbers to watch the charity football match Credit: ITV News Central

Premier League stars support Petrov match

Petrov retired from professional football after a battle with cancer Credit: PA

A host of Premier League stars will play for Bulgaria in a charity football match today to raise money for Stilliyan Petrov's charity.

The former Aston Villa skipper was forced to retire from professional football after a battle with leukaemia.

Petrov will line up with the likes of Julian Joachin and Alan Wright, while Steve Staunton, Bryan Small and European Cup-winning aces Ken McNaught, are expected to turn out for their opponents.

Kick off is a 2pm in at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium, Boldmere.

Petrov to play football again

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football after being diagnosed with leukaemia Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Aston Villa captain Stilliyan Petrov will line up alongside a host of ex-Villa stars in a charity match in Sutton Coldfield today.

The match is taking place at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium in Boldmere at 2pm in aid of the former skipper's new foundation.

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football following a battle with leukaemia.

Aston Villa move five points clear of the drop zone with draw

Craig Noone (left) battles with Fabian Delph
Craig Noone (left) battles with Fabian Delph Credit: PA Wire

Cardiff and Aston Villa played out a goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium which does far more good for the visitors' hopes of Premier League survival than their hosts.

Cardiff dominated the opening half and struck the woodwork through Fraizer Campbell and a deflected Craig Noone shot, but could not find the net.

Villa offered no threat during the opening 45 minutes but could have taken all three points had Leandro Bacuna and Gabriel Agbonlahor shown better composure in front of goal.

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Villa fans score £1million in EuroMillions raffle

Aston Villa fans celebrate after their remarkable EuroMillions win Credit: ITV News Central

11 Aston Villa fans are celebrating after winning £1million in last week's EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw.

The 11 lucky winners have posed for a team photo with a difference - sporting Aston Villa shirts with the numbers one to eleven.

Aston Villa distances itself from club sale rumours

General view of Villa Park Credit: PA

Aston Villa have distanced themselves from reports owner Randy Lerner is looking to sell the club.

The suggestion at the weekend was that Lerner was looking to recoup a figure of around £200million for a club he bought in 2006 for £62.6m, and after spending £250m on players and upgrading facilities.

But chief executive Paul Faulkner has refuted the speculation and insisted Lerner has no intention of walking away.

Quoted in the Express and Star, Faulkner said:

"I can categorically confirm Aston Villa Football Club has absolutely not been put up for sale and that Randy Lerner is not actively looking to sell the club."

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Villa lose away at Everton after failing to hang on

Aston Villa failed to capitalise on the confidence from their incredible derby win over West Brom in midweek, losing 2-1 at Everton this afternoon.

Leandro Bacuna celebrates scoring the opener at Goodison Park Credit: David Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Leandro Bacuna took the lead for the Villains just after the half-hour mark, scoring his teams seventh goal in their last three league games, after a mistake by Everton's Ross Barkley was capitalised on by Christian Benteke.

Fabian Delph battles with Leon Clarke in the middle of the park Credit: David Howarth/EMPICS Sport

But Everton were the better side for much of the match and they went level with Steven Naismith's equaliser in the 74th minute of play.

Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring the winner Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Then, with six minutes left of normal time, a stunning freekick from Kevin Mirallas sent the Goodison Park faithful into raptures and sealed the win for the Toffees.

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