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Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness has been suspended

The Villa chief will be out for three weeks following misconduct charges

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Aston Villa’s summer plans have been dealt a blow by the FA as Villa’s CEO - or the man in charge of almost everything at Villa - Keith Wyness, was suspended from Football activity for three weeks. It won’t be a major negative for Villa, who should have sorted most of their plans out already, but Wyness will be a big miss for Villa throughout June.

The FA press release follows:

‘Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has been suspended from all football and football-related activity for three weeks for misconduct via social media.

He admitted an FA charge that a comment he re-tweeted accompanied with a video was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1). Furthermore, the breach was “aggravated” as defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to disability.

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Wyness was also fined £10,000 and ordered to complete an education course.

His suspension will run from date of the expiry of the period that he has to appeal the decision.’

The issue was raised off the back of an ill-timed retweet where a Villa page - @TheVillaZone asked if referees had ‘disabilities’ [sic] following Nathan Baker’s red card during Villa’s clash with Brighton. Wyness shared TheVillaZone’s tweet and is subsequently paying the price for that mistake.