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Aston Villa’s New Owner, Dr Tony Xia, Falls Foul Of Tasteless Twitter Prank

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By Joseph Viney

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Jiantong Xia will be getting used to the strange world of English football after purchasing recently-relegated Aston Villa in June.

Not only does he face the monumental task of bringing a demoralised and self-destructive Villa back to life after a humiliating final season in the Premier League, but he also needs to learn that English football fans are a dab hand at making people's lives difficult on Twitter.

After euphoria, numbing despair: Villa’s new owner is as shady as they come

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After a sorry season, Aston Villa fans found a reason to rejoice as the club got a new owner, Chinese businessman Dr. Tony Xia.

His dad was an agricultural technician and his mother was a housewife. Having been academically talented, “Xia Jiantong”, moved to the United States to study at Harvard and MIT, and has took a five-month exchange at Oxford University.

Liverpool

Ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders gets £1,000+ parking fine waived as Wales reach semis

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Fans fund-raising for former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker’s parking fan

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Wales supporters have set up a crowdfunding page to help cover the cost of their former striker's parking fine. The ex-Liverpool and Aston...

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Liverpool want Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi

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Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

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Saturday 7th May. A leisurely, idyllic afternoon spent at the open-air thermal spa-heated pool at our campsite in southern Tuscany. The skies, which had been cloudless and brilliantly blue for days, gradually turned first a bruised purple and then a stunning near-black. And then – just as news filtered through that Newcastle could only muster a 0–0 draw at Villa while Sunderland had twice come from behind to beat .

English Premier League

Black leaves Villa after caretaker role

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London (AFP) Eric Black left relegated Aston Villa on Tuesday following the recent arrival of new manager Roberto di Matteo.

Black took over as Villa's caretaker manager following the sacking of Remi Garde in March, but the 52-year-old failed to win a single game as his team crashed out of the Premier League.

Black leaves Villa after caretaker role

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London (AFP) Eric Black left relegated Aston Villa on Tuesday following the recent arrival of new manager Roberto di Matteo.

Black took over as Villa's caretaker manager following the sacking of Remi Garde in March, but the 52-year-old failed to win a single game as his team crashed out of the Premier League.

Former Bournemouth skipper first signing for Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick became Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo's first signing, the relegated Premier League side announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old defender who skippered 'The Cherries' to promotion to the Championship and then their historic elevation to the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign cut short his honeymoon to return for a medical prior to signing a three year contract with Villa.

Former Bournemouth skipper first signing for Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick became Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo's first signing, the relegated Premier League side announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old defender who skippered 'The Cherries' to promotion to the Championship and then their historic elevation to the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign cut short his honeymoon to return for a medical prior to signing a three year contract with Villa.

New Aston Villa owner Xia passes first test

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Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) China's Tony Xia completed his takeover of relegated former Premier League side Aston Villa on Tuesday after passing the English Football League's owners and directors test.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa last month for a reported $87 million (77.

New Aston Villa owner Xia passes first test

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Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) China's Tony Xia completed his takeover of relegated former Premier League side Aston Villa on Tuesday after passing the English Football League's owners and directors test.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa last month for a reported $87 million (77.

China’s Xia completes Aston Villa takeover

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Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) China's Tony Xia completed his takeover of relegated former Premier League side Aston Villa on Tuesday after passing the English Football League's owners and directors test.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa last month for a reported $87 million (77.

China’s Xia completes Aston Villa takeover

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Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) China's Tony Xia completed his takeover of relegated former Premier League side Aston Villa on Tuesday after passing the English Football League's owners and directors test.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa last month for a reported $87 million (77.

Villa confirm Di Matteo as new manager

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London (AFP) Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa, the club confirmed on Friday.

The former Chelsea manager replaces Frenchman Remi Garde, who was sacked in March ahead of Villa's relegation from the Premier League.

Di Matteo, 45, guided Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012 and is understood to be well regarded by Villa's new Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia.

Villa confirm Di Matteo as new manager

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London (AFP) Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa, the club confirmed on Friday.

The former Chelsea manager replaces Frenchman Remi Garde, who was sacked in March ahead of Villa's relegation from the Premier League.

Di Matteo, 45, guided Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012 and is understood to be well regarded by Villa's new Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia.

Liverpool Transfer: Klopp wants French defender, in talks with agent; Bid submitted for PL defender

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to sign a left back this summer and the Reds have been linked with the likes of Hector, Chilwell and Guerreiro over the last few weeks.

The latest name linked with a move to Anfield is Jordan Amavi from Aston Villa. The 22 year old French left back is rated highly and could leave Villa after they got relegated.

Di Matteo set to be new Villa manager – reports

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London (AFP) Roberto Di Matteo has agreed to become the new manager of Aston Villa with the Birmingham club set to confirm the Italian's appointment on Friday, several British media outlets reported.

The former Chelsea manager is in line to be named as the successor to Remi Garde, with the Frenchman sacked in March ahead of Villa's relegation from the Premier League.

Di Matteo set to be new Villa manager – reports

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London (AFP) Roberto Di Matteo has agreed to become the new manager of Aston Villa with the Birmingham club set to confirm the Italian's appointment on Friday, several British media outlets reported.

The former Chelsea manager is in line to be named as the successor to Remi Garde, with the Frenchman sacked in March ahead of Villa's relegation from the Premier League.

Best starting XI from relegated Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich teams

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Every season, I indulge in the same thought experiment... What can I make out of the wreckage of the three relegated teams? Inevitably teams that get relegated tend to shed players and rebuild (Burnley and Norwich being two recent teams to go against that trend).

This year's relegated Premier League sides are an odd mix.

Best starting XI from relegated Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich teams

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Every season, I indulge in the same thought experiment... What can I make out of the wreckage of the three relegated teams? Inevitably teams that get relegated tend to shed players and rebuild (Burnley and Norwich being two recent teams to go against that trend).

This year's relegated Premier League sides are an odd mix.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Thursday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Sevilla and more

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Liverpool's effort to keep their Spanish opposition away from a three-peat failed on Wednesday, while Juventus is reportedly expressing interest in a Real Madrid attacker.

Colombia international James Rodriguez is said to be on the radar of Juventus, and his availability will be discussed with Real when the two sides meet to talk about Alvaro Morata's future.

Questions over Villa’s Chinese buyer

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Shanghai (AFP) The new Chinese owner of English football club Aston Villa appears to be a highly educated, politically well-connected businessman but questions have been raised over Tony Xia's academic credentials and background.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, and his private conglomerate Recon Group were largely unknown to the outside world before buying the newly relegated Birmingham club for a reported $87 million on Wednesday.

Aston Villa takeover: Chinese company agree £60m deal

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Chinese businessman and Chairman of the Recan Group Dr Tony Jiantong Xia has agreed to buy relegated Aston Villa for £60m, the club has confirmed via an official statement.

American billionaire Randy Lerner, who bought Aston Villa in 2006, put the club up for sale in 2014, and he believes Xia is an “excellent choice” to take the club forward.

Villa to be ‘most famous club in China’ after $87m swoop

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London (AFP) Aston Villa revealed ambitions to become the most popular team in China after Harvard-educated businessman Tony Jiantong Xia snapped up the relegated club for a reported $87 million.

The "Villains" crashed out of England's Premier League after winning only three times this season, but they will have their fingers crossed for better times ahead under their new ownership.

Villa to be ‘most famous club in China’ after $87m swoop

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London (AFP) Aston Villa revealed ambitions to become the most popular team in China after Harvard-educated businessman Tony Jiantong Xia snapped up the relegated club for a reported $87 million.

The "Villains" crashed out of England's Premier League after winning only three times this season, but they will have their fingers crossed for better times ahead under their new ownership.

Chinese investor buys Aston Villa for reported $86 million

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London (AFP) Aston Villa have been sold to a Chinese group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, the Championship club announced on Wednesday, in a deal worth a reported $86 million.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands team win just three of their 38 matches, but that hasn't stopped Dr Xia making his move.

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Aston Villa appoint former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as new manager

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Aston Villa Appoint Roberto Di Matteo As Head Coach With Steve Clarke As Assistant

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A wee tidbit of afternoon breaking news for ye, in that Aston Villa have named Roberto Di Matteo as their new head coach.

While Villa haven't officially confirmed the appointment yet, BBC Sport are reporting that Di Matteo has taken over with Steve Clarke as his assistant.

The pair have never worked in tandemin a managerial sense but did spend two years on the playing staff together at Chelsea way back when.

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Wales boss Coleman signs new two-year deal

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London (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a two-year contract extension, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced Monday.

Coleman, who has guided Wales to next month's European Championship in France, had been linked with jobs at Aston Villa and Swansea City in recent weeks.

Wales boss Coleman signs new two-year deal

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London (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a two-year contract extension, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced Monday.

Coleman, who has guided Wales to next month's European Championship in France, had been linked with jobs at Aston Villa and Swansea City in recent weeks.

Everton

Ex-Spurs and Newcastle winger David Ginola reacts to quadruple heart bypass

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Ex-Newcastle and Spurs star David Ginola gives an update on his health

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The Rest

Report: Guzan to complete free transfer to Middlesbrough

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After losing out on some playing time last season and his team's relegation to the English Championship, U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future with Aston Villa remained up in the air.

Now, it appears the veteran keeper has found a potential landing spot for the 2016/17 season.

Aston Villa FC 2016/17 Under Armour Home and Away Kits

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Aston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov Returns To First-Team Training Four Years After Leukaemia Diagnosis (Photo)

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Now for some real good news. For the first time since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia four years ago, Stiliyan Petrov is back training with the first team at Aston Villa.

The club had previously confirmed that Petrov was part of the squad they took to Austria for a fitness camp earlier in the month.

Soccer News: New owners for Aston Villa

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Aston Villa has new ownership pending approval while La Liga decides clubs need to think about the TV product when assigning seats.

Questions over Villa’s Chinese buyer

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Shanghai (AFP) The new Chinese owner of English football club Aston Villa appears to be a highly educated, politically well-connected businessman but questions have been raised over Tony Xia's academic credentials and background.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, and his private conglomerate Recon Group were largely unknown to the outside world before buying the newly relegated Birmingham club for a reported $87 million on Wednesday.