Aston Villa 2-4 Chelsea

Chelsea triumph on emotional day

March 31, 2012
By Kevin Palmer
(Archive)
This was an occasion when football seemed like an insignificant sideshow amid a real life horror story unfolding for Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov.

Just hours after the popular former Celtic midfielder announced that he had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, Petrov put himself into the public spotlight to support the team he was leading just a week ago.

It was painfully ironic that Petrov's captain's programme notes for this game, penned before his illness was discovered, ...

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