Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar: We must forget 'handball'


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The Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar admits his team-mates are still staggered at Andreas Weimann being penalised for a handball that never happened in the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

With City leading 1-0, referee's assistant Adrian Holmes flagged when David Silva's corner flew past Weimann and glanced off Matija Nastasic's head. Referee Jonathan Moss awarded a penalty.

The Villa manager Paul Lambert accused the official of "guessing" and felt the decision was key to his team's heavy defeat. Vlaar added: "Andreas is very disappointed, just like all of us. He's a little bit upset and he didn't touch the ball at all. I've seen the video and it's too bad for us.

"He gave the penalty and I was really surprised the linesman said it was 100 per cent handball and that's his decision.

"Everybody's disappointed but we have to lift our head up and look to the next game because it's only three points."