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Manchester United fans thrown out of Villa Park for celebrating goal

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao's second-half strike sparked jubilant scenes in the away end at Villa Park last weekend, but the joy of watching that equaliser was shortlived for two youngsters in the Family Stand.

Details have emerged of some pretty shocking treatment from stewards at Villa Park thanks to furious parent Lawrie, who decided to phone BBC Radio Five Live's 606 programme to share what happened on his family's big Christmas outing.

Lawrie took his two boys, aged seven and nine, to the match and the whole clan got excited after seeing Falcao find the back of the net, but they were kicked out of the match soon after and threatened with police action if they didn't go quietly.

Big day out ruined

Over-zealous stewards at Villa Park certainly have something to answer for following Lawrie's tale of woe, which he shared with Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher.

The angry Brummie is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as declaring: "I'm ringing to vent my disgust at how we were treated at Villa Park today. We were only allowed to stay in the ground for 53 minutes because stewards decided to kick out a seven-year-old and nine-year-old boy.

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Lack of common sense

"I bought tickets in the Family Stand for a Christmas treat for the boys. Their mum is a Villa fan, I'm a United fan and they're inbetween the two.

"We didn't celebrate the Villa goal but when Falcao equalised the two boys jumped up in the air, super excited that Falcao had scored. I gave them a big hug. At that exact moment one woman from one side and one from three rows back jumped out of their seats to screech: 'Kick them out.'

"Within a second we were dropped on by two stewards who without any thought whatsoever, no negotiation, no warning and telling us to calm down, said: 'You've got to leave the stadium, guys.' We weren't asked, we were told and booted out of the ground. I apologised to the people around, it brought my boys to tears.

"I said 'surely you're joking? Can't we just apologise and promise not to jump up again ... do we really have to go? The stewards said 'you have to leave now or do you want us to get the police?'

"The stewards as they were walking us out said 'it could have kicked off'. We were in the family stand. They're seven and nine. It's not going to kick off."

Christmas cheer in short supply

Villa stewards decided to avoid the hassle of a tear up in the Family Stand and send two infants packing, in what must of surely been a case of applying rules and regulations rather than managing the situation with a bit of due care and attention.

One silver lining for the youngsters is they missed the last meaningful goal-mouth action of the match, with Falcao's intervention not followed up by a United side who had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Given their support up and down the country there's more than likely Man United fans sat in the wrong end of the ground every time they play away, but that hasn't stopped two small boys being turfed out of a big Premier League match simply for celebrating a goal.

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