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Easter Villa match protest

Aston Parish Church is holding a ‘generous protest’ against the organisers of the football match being held at Villa Park this lunchtime. The Reverend of the Church says the match will disrupt Easter celebrations in the community.

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Aston Villa 'we respect everybody's right to worship'

A spokesman for Aston Villa has said in a statement that the club respects the rights of people to worship in response to a protest being held by Aston Parish Church who opposed the match being held today, on Easter Sunday.

"We maintain good relations with Aston Parish Church and have an open and active dialogue with Rev. Andy Jolley and Church members.

"Support and assistance has been provided by the Club so that members of the congregation will have easy access to and from the Church on Sunday.

"Parking and mini-bus services have also been offered and will be available on demand.

"We respect everybody's right to worship on Easter Sunday and celebrate the most important feast in the Christian calendar, as we respect all faiths, and we know we will continue to have good relations with Aston Parish Church and our neighbours in the local community."

– Aston Villa spokesman Brian Doogan

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