Aston Villa fans react on Twitter after midfielder contract snub
By Alex Taylor
Stilliyan Petrov has admitted his disappointment at not being offered a new contract with Aston Villa – and there has been a mixed reaction from fans to the midfielder’s heartache.
The midfielder joined Villa in 2006 and was hoping to return to Villa Park as a player before retiring.
Fan favourite Petrov was nearing full fitness by training with his old team and was hopeful of being offered a deal by the club he once captained.
Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo opted against handing Petrov a new contract as he rebuilt his squad for the Championship season.
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Supporters on social media were divided over the news, with some fans saying he should not be given any sympathy while others called the club a disgrace for their actions.
Here are a collection of some of the messages on Twitter:
it is a business as harsh as it is, no time for sympathy
— michael pearson (@MichaelPearson0) September 15, 2016
@chris_sutton73 disgrace by villa with a team full of empty jerseys here's a player that loves the club. Regardless of standard.
— Jake Mcginlay (@TheBhoyJM) September 15, 2016
they're not a charity, football is cutthroat
— Paul (@paulw4ke) September 15, 2016
disgrace to treat him that way
— David Lace (@davidpatrickla1) September 15, 2016
— Samedo_afc (@redarmy93) July 22, 2016
The Aston Villa legend was offered a new role as part of the club’s academy but rejected the opportunity.
Petrov finishes his career having played 302 games, scoring 26 goals and providing 22 assists.