Aston Villa chairman and owner Tony Xia has been hit with a hefty £4000 fine by the Football Association after publishing a tweet which suggested that a match official was against the club, according to a report on BBC Sport.

The 40-year-old was livid when referee Jeremy Simpson sent off defender Neil Taylor in the 1-0 win against Bolton Wanderers.

Xia took out his anger at the official on social media, and published a tweet which read:

“Is the ref a AV hater?”

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Aston Villa sit seventh in the Championship and Xia will be hoping that the club can push for promotion to the Premier League.

Defender Taylor will now miss the two local derbies against Wolves and Birmingham and many fans shared the same anger as Xia over the sending off.

Xia admitted the misconduct charge and has been warned by the FA over any future outbursts.

The chairman will now need to keep a cool and composed head as he watches his side battle for points throughout the season.

Xia completed the takeover of Aston Villa in June 2016 and has since deleted the original tweet, but returned to social media to air his views.

Translated from French, Xia wrote: “There is only one heroism in the world: it is to see the world as it is and to love it. Thanks for all Villans’ support.”

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