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Lambert accuses Bradford vicar of disrespect

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has accused Bradford City's club chaplain of disrespecting his club ahead of the League Cup second leg between the two sides.

Villa have to recover from losing the first leg 3-1 to the League Two side at the Coral Windows Stadium and it was an incident in that first encounter that annoyed Lambert.

At the end of the match the stadium announcer urged Bradford fans to "book hotel rooms for London" after the final whistle, as the Yorkshire club dreamed of a trip to Wembley.

To add a twist to the story the stadium announcer is Paul Deo, vicar of Heworth Christ Church in York and Bradford's club chaplain since 2009.

"If he said that, then maybe it's a bit disrespectful," said Lambert.

"Football's got a great habit of kicking you somewhere. It's disrespectful to do that. We'll see what happens after the game. It was their home game. But it's disrespectful to do that to other teams."

Deo told the Guardian that he did not mean to cause any offence saying: "There was absolutely no disrespect meant.

"It was never meant to sound like some sort of jibe, and there was no intention to be in any way smug or over confident.

"It was certainly not intended to be in any way disrespectful to Aston Villa, to Paul Lambert their manager, or to Villa's staff, players or fans. If it came over that way, then I can only apologise."

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