Video: Aston Villa's shell-shocked players sworn at by furious fans after Sunderland defeat
Aston Villa’s shell-shocked players were sworn at by their own fans and abused with chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” as they boarded their team bus after the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland.
Villa’s players had been congregating in the main foyer at the Stadium of Light waiting for the team bus to turn up, near where autograph hunters normally congregate hoping to collect signatures from both sets of players.
But when Villa’s players emerged from the building, a group of Villa supporters turned on them, loudly abusing them as they traipsed dejectedly on to the bus before the chants about not being fit to wear the shirt also started.
It was an uncomfortable sight for those who witnessed it and the players, many of them new to English football this season, were clearly shocked by the abuse from their own supporters.
It is yet another problem for manager Remi Garde to contend with as Villa are on course to become one of the worst Premier League sides in history. Confidence in the camp is already low and Garde has now gone nine games without a win since he replaced Tim Sherwood at the start of November.
Villa’s supporters had tried their best to back their team during the bottom-of-the-table showdown with Sunderland, but frustrations boiled over after Jermain Defoe scored twice in the second half to give the home team a vital victory that ended a run of five successive defeats.
Most Villa fans had tried to remain in good spirits and teased their hosts with chants of “you’re still going down with the Villa”, which brought a round of applause from the Sunderland supporters sitting close to the away section.
However, a more militant group were unable to control their anger and directed their fury at the players as they left the ground.