Aston Villa claimed that Coventry had actively sought to sell the Dutch under-21 star
but Richardson denied the claim and blasted Villa boss John Gregory.
It is not the first time the two clubs have fallen out. Coventry were unhappy at losing
England striker Dion Dublin to their Midland rivals last season and then reported Villa to
the FA for an alleged illegal approach to Boateng in the spring.
"We were aware of Aston Villas interest in the player in March when he was
"It is well known in the game that Mr Gregory loves making statements to the media
but Coventry City acts in the best interest of our players and the club which is why we
always have happy players.
"What ever Mr Gregory wants to say is up to him but perhaps he should look inwards
rather than outwards before he comments on what was a private transaction, which
didnt involve him. It was done chairman to chairman.
"There is no need for bad blood between the clubs but the way they dealt with this
and with the Dion Dublin transfer has irritated a lot of people.
"No contact was made from us to them to sell George Boateng any interest
came from them."