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Villa loanee Aleksandar Tonev brought up on racism charges

On loan midfielder faces charges of racism.

Thomas Starke

On loan Aston Villa midfielder Aleksandar Tonev has been charged with racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan in a Scottish Premiership match.

Tonev, who is on loan at Celtic, faces charges of "excessive misconduct by the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature". Tonev has until September 26th to answer the Scottish FA's charges and has been called to a hearing on October 9th. The Bulgarian is on a season-long loan at Celtic after arriving at Villa from Lech Poznan in the summer of 2013.

I can't say that I saw the Celtic-Aberdeen match and have no idea of the legitimacy of these charges. But if these allegations are remotely true, then I think I speak for most Villa fans when I say that he should not play for Villa again. And yes, that's easier to say about someone who might not have a future at the club anyway. But, if he's found guilty, then there's no room at the club for someone who does that.