Controversy in Villa Park stalemate

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Aston Villa could be in hot water after a referee's assistant appeared to be struck by a missile in the closing seconds of their goalless Barclays Premier League draw with Portsmouth at Villa Park.

The official sank to his knees and needed treatment before resuming with a plaster on his forehead. Pompey manager Harry Redknapp gesticulated angrily towards the crowd behind the dug-out.

Before that Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe was guilty of a glaring first-half miss as the game fizzled out into a tame draw.

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