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Villa to consult FA in barton row

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has revealed the club will be speaking to the Football Association after it was alleged Newcastle's Joey Barton racially abused Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The FA confirmed on Tuesday that Barton would not face any punishment after he appeared to push the Villa striker in the face during Monday's Barclays Premier League clash at St James' Park. But reports have since surfaced of an alleged racist comment being made by the Newcastle midfielder in the same incident during the Magpies' 2-0 victory.

"Gaby doesn't want to talk about it and he doesn't want to press charges," O'Neill said. "That's what he said to me yesterday and he reiterated that this morning."

O'Neill insisted Agbonlahor does not wish to pursue the matter but confirmed Villa will talk to the FA and are considering whether to take any action, although the FA can act even if no complaint is lodged.

He added: "I've just heard, regardless of what Gaby does or doesn't say, the FA would like to hear what sort of comments we have to make on an official basis.

"That's fine, if we have a couple of days to have a look at things, then that's exactly what we'll do.

"I've just been told that we have a week to make some sort of decision about that and that's fine. We'll have a look at it and we'll see."

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