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Villa's General to no-show derby

Villa's General to no-show derby

Aston Villa director General Charles Krulak will NOT be attending the second city derby tomorrow - but his reason has nothing to do with the "pigs in mud" row with Birmingham City chairman David Gold.

Gold took offense with Krulak's comments surrounding the arguments about ticket prices for Sunday's game. The former Commandant of the US Marine Corps made a reference to wrestling with a pig in mud on one of the internet message-boards he liases with fans on.

General Krulak said: "Not sure what Mr. Gold is after other than publicity. When you get down in the mud and wrestle with a pig, the pig loves it...and you get muddy. I think I will just let him continue to talk."

After a series of back-and-forth claims in the press, Gold earlier this week stressed he is still not happy - and claimed General Krulak hadn't apologised, despite suggestions that the matter had been resolved.

Gold told the Birmingham Mail: "If General Krulak doesn't come then in a way I will be pleased but on the other hand I would like to confront him and talk to him face-to-face and tell him how I feel and that we are all in this together.

"I feel I have been an orchestrator of good relations and behaviour between our clubs over the last 15 years and then this guy comes from nowhere and insults me.

"I don't want there to be any bad blood between Birmingham City and Aston Villa but, in this instance, I feel aggrieved. I have been insulted and I don't deserve it. I have had nothing in the way of an apology, so how does all that work out?"

However, Gold will not get his chance to meet the General - for now - as the former man-of-war told Vital Aston Villa that he is under doctor's orders not to travel due to a bad back.

He wrote: "I will not be at the game...but not because I wouldn't want to see anyone from the opposing Club. I cannot make the game because my Doctor does not want me travelling until my back gets better."

How much of the apparent bad-bloody between the two men (or towards General Krulak from Gold, to be fair) is 100 per cent genuine and how much is pure pantomime is up for debate, but in a way it is nothing more than an unwanted distraction.

Hopefully the Blues will do the talking on the pitch and send a message around the world - to Aston Villa directors everywhere.

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Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Saturday November 10 2007
Time: 11:43AM

Comments

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Shame, could have been mildly amusing in a few ways if the two had met.
St Andrews Blue
10/11/2007 12:08:00
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The whole situation is pretty stupid, and nobody has come out with any credit from it, to be honest.
Jasper's Parrot
10/11/2007 12:09:00
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it's amazing how naive some people can be when it comes to matters like this!
merlin
10/11/2007 12:22:00
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I'd much rather take it as an ill-advised comment that wasn't intended on anything other than a jokey level - an Americanism that didn't quite come across as jokey as it was meant to.
Jasper's Parrot
10/11/2007 12:29:00
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Any Birmingham fan would like the general if they met him. I have met him numerous times and even you would think how enthusiastic he us and a nice bloke. This comment has been blown out of proportion by your stupid chairman and 'brainless' slag Brady/
randy.stand
10/11/2007 17:53:00
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yeah he is saying he's is not going to be there, but if gold just happens to dissapear tomorrow i know who will of done it. i know who i'd want in my team if we went to battle, a genetal or some old rich bloke. so gold watch out for snipers!!
liamo1981
10/11/2007 23:51:00
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General K is a legend! Bet he wished he disobeyed the docs now.
DeanoVilla
12/11/2007 10:11:00
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I'm sure the General was there in spirit!
The Usual Suspect
12/11/2007 13:32:00
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From what I heard the General was with although the Birmingham fans not at the gound
supermansfoot
12/11/2007 15:35:00
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Well at least he didnt have to sit through the defeat!!!
will it ever happen
13/11/2007 12:09:00
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