In many instances, football fans are not the biggest advocates of their club owners, but Aston Villa’s case is different.
The Villans are big supporters of chairman Tony Xia – a Chinese businessman who took over the Midlands club in the summer of 2016.
Plenty of club owners tend to stay in the background; for example, Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich rarely gives interviews.
Xia, though, has struck a relationship with the fans through social media as he regularly updates his Twitter page.
One tweet has landed him in hot water with the Football Association, though, and it is in relation to Villa’s match over Bolton Wanderers a fortnight ago.
After Neil Taylor was sent off in stoppage time of the 1-0 win, Xia took aim at referee Jeremy Simpson on Twitter.
The message read:
“Is the ref a AV hater? ️Not our day but 3 points only matters. Need keep going after the break. Consistency is the key this season. #UTV.”
As a result of his remarks, the FA issued a £4,000 fine and warned the businessman about his future conduct, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Xia has since responded to the punishment on the social networking site.
"Il n'ya qu'un héroïsme au monde : c'est de voir le monde tel qu'il est et de l'aimer."
Thanks for all Villans’ support. #UTV
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) October 12, 2017
The text in French is translated as: “There is only one heroism in the world: it is to see the world as it is and to love it.”
Plenty of the club’s fans were quick to give their backing to the under-fire owner.
— Harry ® (@Grealxsh) October 12, 2017
— Paul Spooner (@godzvilla01) October 12, 2017
Say it like it is Doc
— Kevin (@kevphere) October 12, 2017
Worth every penny
— Andy Ward (@andy_t_ward03) October 12, 2017
We've all got your back, Tone 👊
— Phil Shepherd 🇬🇧 (@TheAsgardian) October 12, 2017
Behind you all the way .
— June Mynard (@kelwell16) October 12, 2017
Belle citation Tony ❤️💙❤️💙
— JMW (@jdmw98) October 12, 2017