Birmingham chairman Gold slams Villa's General

Birmingham City chairman David Gold has turned up the heat ahead of their derby clash with Aston Villa.

Gold insists he has been left aghast at Randy Lerner's claim that General Charles Krulak apologised to him over the 'pig in mud' affair.

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The Blues chairman said the letter written to him by Lerner's right-hand man in the aftermath of the controversy was anything but contrite.

"To be honest, what this General wrote to me was not an apology but a load of waffle," Gold told the Birmingham Mail. "I have seen what Randy Lerner has said about the letter but I don't think he has actually read it himself. I'm not sure if he's aware what's going on here.

"It was nothing like an apology, more like a justification. If General Krulak had apologised to me then I would have said 'okay, fine, let's move on'. But he hasn't and that disappoints me.

"In the first instance I felt he was outrageous, but he has tended to get away with it Scot free. And, to be perfectly frank, I am fuming even more after what Randy Lerner said to your newspaper.

"I am not saying that I should be sent 12 red roses. I just think this General was totally wrong to use me in that analogy and should have been big enough to realise that.

"Instead it's been like 'hey, it's okay, don't worry about it' and people have been portraying him in glowing terms."

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