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Berger is shown door by O'Neill

Aston Villa's Patrik Berger
Berger advised Gareth Barry to join Liverpool

Manager Martin O'Neill has ended Patrik Berger's Aston Villa career following the Czech's comments advising team-mate Gareth Barry to move to Liverpool.

The midfielder told the captain not to miss out on the chance to join the Anfield club.

And O'Neill said: "I was really disappointed and surprised that Patrik, with all his experience, would make such an inappropriate comment.

"He won't be playing any part in proceedings from here on in."

O'Neill added: "The sad aspect of it is that we are paying Patrik's wages for him to recommend one of our players to another football club, it's ludicrous.

"I think Pat realises that now and he's apologised, he said he didn't mean a great deal of harm but the harm's been done."


Berger was expected to leave Villa anyway this summer having made only eight Premier League starts in three seasons.

see also
Villa reveal Liverpool Barry bid
02 May 08 |  Aston Villa
Berger agrees to remain at Villa
28 May 07 |  Aston Villa
Villa to offer new deal to Berger
03 May 07 |  Aston Villa

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