Andy Townsend chastises Aston Villa duo Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott after Wycombe incident

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The two players were caught up in a swearing row with travelling supporters during Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Adams Park.

Former Aston Villa captain Andy Townsend has labelled claret and blue duo Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott “immature” for their role in the ill-tempered row with supporters during Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.

The two players, who were both substitutes on the day, allegedly swore at travelling fans behind the dugout after being accused of not taking the club’s plight seriously as they took part in a spitting competition to see who could propel chewing gum closest to the touchline during the game [h/t The Mirror].

Skipper Micah Richards was later prompted to confront incensed supporters at the final whistle to plead for calm, following a result which extended the Premier League strugglers’ winless run in all competitions to 16 games.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, Townsend accused the pair of being ignorant to their side’s current predicament and argued that they should have simply apologised for their behaviour instead of getting dragged into further controversy.

“Where they’re silly, Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott, who are both experienced lads and quite frankly should know a lot better, is knowing that there’re Villa fans around them,” said the former Republic of Ireland midfielder, who made 176 appearances for Villa between 1993 and 1997.

“Recognise the situation you’re in, guys. Recognise that there’re people around you and the commitment they’re making to their club right now, which is massive for nothing.

“There is nothing coming back for those fans other than misery and mickey taking when they go to work on Monday morning.

“For those two to get embroiled in that scenario – allowing themselves to get dragged into that nonsense and rubbish – is immature and actually shows a bit of ignore at the moment to the situation of where the club are at.

“To clearly being antagonising a few fans behind them... just back off and apologise.”

Villa boss Remi Garde, meanwhile, insisted at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of Crystal Palace that he was unaware of the incident involving Guzan and Lescott, but the Frenchman did remind his squad of their responsibilities as senior professionals.

“I was not aware of the incident because I came back straight away in the tunnel,” said Garde. “To be fair I don’t know that. What I can say is as a professional player you need to behave in the right way with respect for everybody.

“It doesn’t matter if you are top of the table or bottom of the table. It’s just a question of being respectful to everybody. But to be fair I don’t know exactly this situation."

Villa currently sit 11 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League with only eight points from 20 games and have not won a top-flight match since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their season opener, scoring a division-low 16 goals in the process.

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