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Last Updated: Monday, 4 August, 2003, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Hendrie escapes police rap
Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie
Hendrie showed his frustration
Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie will not be questioned by police over an altercation with his own supporters during Saturday's friendly at Walsall.

A spokeswoman from West Midlands Police said criminal charges had not been filed against the 26-year-old - despite earlier reports to the contrary.

The former England player kicked the ball into the area of the ground occupied by Villa fans after being abused from the terraces.

Hendrie is alleged to have delivered a tirade of four-letter abuse towards Villa fans, one of whom was said to have made a complaint to police after the match.

The player has since apologised for his behaviour and met Villa manager David O'Leary to discuss the incident.

I think I will always be a target for Villa fans
Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie

Hendrie was upset that fans derided him for allegedly being a follower of Villa's rivals Birmingham City as a youngster.

He said: "I shouldn't have done it of course and I do apologise again to the fans for letting myself and the club down.

"No-one was playing that well in the second half at Walsall but I don't think I deserved to be carrying the can.

"The thing that really irritates me is that they still call me a Birmingham City fan when I've been at Villa all my life. It's just so frustrating for me.

"If they knew how much Villa meant to me or how hard I worked all summer to come back firing on all cylinders, then maybe they'd think twice.

"Then again maybe they wouldn't because I think I will always be a target for them."





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