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VILLA'S American director General Charles Krulak has sensationally compared Blues chairman David Gold
David Gold is an English businessman. to a 'pig in mud' over recent comments he made about ticket pricing.
And the General has inflamed Villa fans by incorrectly stating that tickets for the November derby game are pounds 55 when, in fact, they are pounds 45 - the same as when the clubs last met in the Premiership.
Today the former US Marine played down his comments, which were made on a popular fans' website, and stressed they were not a personal insult aimed at Gold.
He explained: "I standby what I said. The pig quote is an old Yankee expression. The pig is the situation not the person and was not aimed at David Gold.
"To get into a public debate over something like this is not the thing to do because nobody wins.
"I didn't want to get into an argument about ticket prices and cause tension in the build up to our big match in November."
When told the actual price of tickets for the game were pounds 45 he said: "If that's so then great. Let them bring it down another pounds 10 and it will be even better."
The General made his controversial remarks on www.villatalk.com after he was asked what he thought of Gold's recent comments regarding ticket prices.
Gold had said that all clubs should reduce prices by 20 per cent, claiming that short-changed supporters were being "kept in the dark and fed manure manure, term used in the United States to refer to excreta of animals, with or without added bedding; also called barnyard manure. In other countries the term often refers to any material used to fertilize the soil. ".
"The greed in football means we preclude the people who made the game great - the fans," said Gold.
His comments came after Blues slashed prices to pounds 15 for last Saturday's game with Bolton and more than 28,000 fans - their highest gate of the season - saw them win 1-0.
Gold added: "You could argue those extra fans won us the game.
"Clubs keep getting money and giving it to agents and players but fans get nothing. That's obscene.
"If the whole league agrees to reduce prices by a certain percentage - say 20 per cent for two or three years - no-one would be worse off."
General Krulak, a non-executive director A non-executive director (NED, also NXD) or outside director is a member of the board of directors of a company who does not form part of the executive management team. He or she is not an employee of the company or affiliated with it in any other way. at Aston Villa, is a regular message-board visitor on various fans' websites.
On villatalk.com one fan asked him: "I trust yourself or Richard FitzGerald Richard Fitzgerald VC (born December 1831, St. Finbar's, Cork, Ireland, died 1884 in India) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. , Villa's chief executive will be showing the said article to him Gold and asking how charging Villa supporters pounds 55 fits in with his current 'vision'."
The General replies: "Not sure what Mr Gold is after other than publicity.
When you get down in the mud and wrestle with a pig, the pig loves it - and you get muddy. I think I will just let him continue to talk."
In another comment, about Blues supposedly charging pounds 55 for the home game against Villa in November, the General says: "I just got off the phone with Richard re. the ticket prices for away fans for the BFC BFC Buffalo Field Campaign (West Yellowstone, Montana)
BFC Betty Ford Center
BFC British Fashion Council
BFC Bicycle Friendly Community
BFC Bible Fellowship Church
BFC Boavista Futebol Clube fixture.
"Bottom line: He tried to convince BFC that it was in the best interest of all fans to have fair ticket pricing for everyone.
"At the end of the day BFC have decided to go with pounds 55. We will take an allocation and hope that we fill that allocation with fans who will 'physically' support the team at the game." Despite the General's claim, Blues have today confirmed that tickets for the game will cost pounds 45.
Meanwhile, the Birmingham Mail The Birmingham Mail is a tabloid newspaper based in Birmingham, UK but distributed around Birmingham, The Black Country, Solihull, Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire. has been inundated in·un·date
tr.v. in·un·dat·ed, in·un·dat·ing, in·un·dates
1. To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
2. with letters and phone calls from furious Villa fans worried that the tickets might cost pounds 55.
One said: "I wish to bring to your attention the other side of the selfproclaimed 'peoples champion' David Gold.
"At the same time that he is slating The procedure by which law enforcement officials record on the blotter information about an individual's arrest and charges, together with identification and facts about his or her background.
The term slating is used synonymously with booking. the profiteering prof·it·eer
One who makes excessive profits on goods in short supply.
intr.v. prof·it·eered, prof·it·eer·ing, prof·it·eers
To make excessive profits on goods in short supply. of Premier Football chairmen he is upping the cost for Aston Villa fans attending the local derby at Birmingham City to pounds 55."
A spokesman for Birmingham City today said: "David Gold is entitled to his opinion, as is General Krulak.
"Although the General should get his facts right about tickets prices before criticising our chairman."
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TICKETS DEBATE... Villa director General Krulak (right) and Blues chairman David Gold.