Aston Villa’s encounter with Crystal Palace was marred with controversy on Saturday afternoon, which has left players and fans alike still wondering what could have been.
Egyptian winger Trezeguet was given his marching orders before the hour mark, picking up a second yellow card for a late barge on Wilfried Zaha before Jordan Ayew’s instinctive finish in the 73rd minute won them the match.
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In stoppage time, substitute Henri Lansbury had a goal chalked off by referee Kevin Friend after he adjudged that Jack Grealish dived during the build-up to the goal – as Friend blew his whistle before Lansbury stuck the ball in the net, VAR could not have reviewed the incident.
Summer arrival Bjorn Engels tweeted his thoughts on Sunday afternoon, following the dubious defeat and the trouble in the away end, which the Belgian was even spotted trying to resolve post-match.
— Bjorn Engels (@BjornEngels) September 1, 2019
One supporter said the 24-year-old’s actions took guts, calling him a ‘proper man’ for doing so and another added that he was ‘absolutely class’ for tweeting that.
A further member of the Villa Park faithful claimed Engels was fast becoming a firm favourite at the west Midlands club whilst one believed he had gained a lot of respect for his actions.
You can read more of the reaction below:
To do what you did yesterday took guts , stuck up for the villa family. A proper man pic.twitter.com/tzZDuvD25L
— Rob x (@Robert__AV) September 1, 2019
Head up Bjorn, our performances so far this season deserve more points than what we’ve got so far. Keep it up and hope our luck turns soon! UTV
— LC (@LC_AV56) September 1, 2019
What a tweet. Love you mate. Absolutely class
— Fake (@JACKGREALlSH) September 1, 2019
Of all the players my lads met aftet the Everton game a handful stood out and none more so than Bjorn, he was so genuine and had so much time for the fans waiting. A real https://t.co/yAclYv9jTD say nothing of his ability and class on the pitch. Fast becoming a firm fave! #UTV
— Dusty Ass Mad Mary (@eccles742) September 1, 2019
Fan favourite already ❤
— Harry (@HJMav) September 1, 2019
Different class supporting the fans. That will not be forgotten
— Christopher Howdle (@Chaoli13020) September 1, 2019
A lot of respect for what you did yesterday at the end of the game. Class on the pitch and off it ?
— Erika Goldman (@goldman_erika) September 1, 2019
Saw you showing concern for the Villa fans yesterday ❤️Absolutely top man ???appalling refereeing yesterday! Keep your heads up and fight on. We are all behind you ? ? ? ? ?
— sz (@sz91198922) September 1, 2019
Class act, well said Bjorn! UTV
— Alex Males (@footballlover63) September 1, 2019
— LLB (@LLB_xBC) September 1, 2019