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Chairman and chief executive send support to captain Petrov
Message from chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner.
30th Mar 2012
Chairman and chief executive send support to captain Petrov


Villa chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner have released the following message after the news that Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia.

Chairman Randy Lerner said: "We are completely focused on Stiliyan and his family.

"As was said in our statement, Stiliyan is someone who is cherished by many people throughout football and every ounce of love and support that we have he will get from the club to help bring this to a positive conclusion.

"We also remain conscious that focus is the key for Villa to playing well in tomorrow's game against Chelsea and to finishing the season as strongly as possible.

"Therefore we are relying on the very decent and experienced people in and around the club for support, guidance and leadership."

Villa CEO Paul Faulkner added: "I was completely stunned to hear this news about Stiliyan.

"After our game last weekend we initially thought that he was suffering from a virus and, like the true leader and consummate professional that he is, he had simply played through it, giving his all for his teammates and the club.

"I was expecting and hoping that he would recover and lead the team out at Villa Park tomorrow against Chelsea, as he's done on so many other occasions.

"Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with Stiliyan and his family now and the club will focus its energy on supporting them all as he concentrates on simply getting better.

"He's a strong man who commands affection and respect throughout the Villa family.

"I know that our younger players look up to him and admire him for his talent and achievements in the game, while it was only yesterday that he met with representatives of the Villa Former Players Association to discuss having the current squad give a percentage of their annual salaries to a fund that the FPA will use to look after former players who have fallen on hard times.

"He's a much-loved teammate and leader of our club and I'm sure our fans will join us all at our game tomorrow in wishing him a full and speedy recovery."


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