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Aston Villa are bad. Really bad. Really, really bad.

With just 16 points from 33 games, they’re all but guaranteed to be relegated for the first time in nearly 30 years—they’re one of just seven clubs to have never been relegated from the Premier League—and it could come as soon as this weekend, if results break the right way (or wrong way, I guess). They’ve won just three league games this season, their best over 11th-place Bournemouth. They’ve been in the Premier League cellar since November.


Given their near-historic ineptitude, the club decided it was best to just go ahead and cancel the awarding of end-of-the-season honors:

A Villa statement said: “The club will not be holding its annual Player of the Year Awards at the conclusion of this season. In the current circumstances, we are sure our supporters will understand.”

The BBC talked to a Villa fan who has organized recent protests against the club, and he had a pretty asute analysis of the state of the squad:

“Maybe Jordan Ayew deserved an award but, with the toxic atmosphere, the club have thought it would only garner bad publicity to garnish the players with awards.

“Generally, I would think the supporters support the decision not to have awards as there is nothing to celebrate.”


Coming soon to a lower league stadium near you: Jordan Ayew and a bunch of guys!


Reporter at the New York Times

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