May 18 2004
Birmingham Evening Mail
Aston Villa today insisted that the absence of a minute's silence against Manchester United for former player John Robson was not an oversight but was club policy.
Robson died last Tuesday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 53.
He helped Villa to promotion from Division Two and two League Cup success in 1975 and 1977, but was then forced to quit the game as his MS was diagnosed a year later.
Some Villa fans had accused club bosses of a "total lack of respect" over the Robson's death.
But Villa released a statement clarifying their decision in which they spoke of the club's sadness at Robson's death.
It said: "The decision not to hold a minute's silence in his memory was consistent with the club's long-standing policy relating to former players.
"In the past two seasons the passing of seven players has been recorded
and all have been - or in the case of Amos Moss and John Robson - will
be honoured in official publications."
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