Villa fine trio for nightclub incident

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish was disappointed with the behaviour of Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins in an incident at a nightclub earlier this week.

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish was disappointed with the behaviour of Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins in an incident at a nightclub earlier this week.

The trio have been disciplined by the club for their part in a nightclub fracas during the early hours of Tuesday morning which followed Villa's annual awards dinner.

He said: "It's a slur on the club. I feel for (club owner) Randy Lerner and the fans of Aston Villa Football Club but the players need to show some respect for themselves and the football club."

The trio were fined for their conduct, although it is understood Delph was treated more leniently after acting as peacemaker in the incident.

McLeish added: "We knew about it on Tuesday and some players broke the rules so we acted very swiftly on Tuesday. We're very disappointed.

"We won't tolerate that kind of behaviour."

Speaking about Herd and Collins, McLeish added: "If selected I think the most important thing is that they've been punished. They've shown a bit of humility which is the least we can expect.

"It happens at every club. It happens at even the top clubs. It's the culture of one pint too many.

"I think it reflects badly on Randy Lerner, the club, myself and most importantly the players themselves.

"They owe us. They have to give us a performance that we will be proud of."

All three players issued apologetic statements earlier today.
Villa, in a club statement, confirmed: "The club dealt with this matter internally on Tuesday and the players in question have been disciplined.

"The fines are being split between two charities the club are promoting at the game against Spurs on Sunday - Cure Leukaemia and Anthony Nolan."

 

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