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Matty Cash booked as Aston Villa man shows shirt message to Poland star stuck in Ukraine


Aston Villa defender Matty Cash was booked on Saturday after taking his shirt off after scoring against Brighton & Hove Albion to reveal a message of support for a Poland player currently in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Cash, 24, put Villa ahead in the 17th minute of his side’s Premier League match at Brighton, cheating down a Lewis Dunk header and finishing with a low shot from 20 yards. After scoring, he took off his Villa shirt to reveal a top which read: “Tomasz Kedziora and family – stay strong bro.” Like Cash, Kedziora, 27, is a Poland international. He plays for Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League and has remained in the Ukrainian capital during the Russian invasion of the country. After revealing the message of support for Kedziora Cash was shown a yellow card by referee John Brooks. Premier League rules stipulate that players cannot “reveal undergarments that show political, religious, or personal slogans, statements, or images”. However, The Athletic understands that Cash’s message of support for Kedziora was not counted as such. Instead, Cash was booked for removing his Aston Villa shirt, irrespective of the message written on his undershirt di lui. A number of Premier League clubs displayed messages of support for Ukraine during Saturday’s fixtures. And the Premier League themselves tweeted that the top-flight “and our clubs stand in solidarity with Ukraine” – alongside a photograph of Cash displaying his support for Kedziora moments before he was cautioned.

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