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Rangers chief says sorry to Villa

October 14, 2012
By ESPN staff

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has issued an apology for referring to Aston Villa as 'useless' as he tried to talk up the power of his club and their attraction to any mooted European Super League.

Charles Green
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Despite being in the Scottish Third Division after succumbing to a string of financial problems in the summer, Green insisted that Rangers would still warrant a place at football's top table alongside the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United.

Green, questioning the way TV revenues are spread evenly, said: "How can Manchester United's revenues be £320 million and Aston Villa, who are completely useless, get £250 million?"

He was forced to say sorry on Sunday via an official club statement: "Rangers chief executive Charles Green has apologised to Aston Villa following a press briefing last week in which he referred to the Midlands Club.

"Mr Green has sent an apology to Aston Villa saying there had been no intention to cause offence.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report