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Lerner shells out for dinner for 300 Villa away fans

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has invited almost 300 fans to dinner!

The Sun says O'Neill has been under fire for leaving eight first-teamers at home for the UEFA Cup defeat at CSKA Moscow.

Some supporters who paid £1,500 for the trip to Russia were angry about boss O'Neill's decision.

But now the club have offered to host a slap-up meal for all 295 travelling fans at Villa Park.

And O'Neill will be there with some players. The stunt could cost £15,000 but owner Randy Lerner happily approved the move.

Fan Ashley Quarterman said: "It's a fantastic gesture."

O'Neill played the shadow squad as he is banking on bagging a Champions League berth.

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