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Villa skipper Laursen: Carew has learned his lesson

Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen is confident John Carew's nightclub controversy will be a one-off.

The Norway striker was fined £100,000 for going to a lap-dancing bar just hours before the club's UEFA Cup clash with Ajax last week.

Laursen said: "He should not take one step inside that (lap-dancing) club because that was wrong and not what we do the day before a game.

"I was surprised he behaved like that, but I think he has realised that and I don't think he will ever do it again. I don't think he was there after midnight from what he has said. But he knew that he should have been with us at the hotel."

However, Laursen admitted the incident had caused some amusement in the dressing-room. He said: "We have laughed a bit about it and John was immense in the Wigan game, so it is behind him now.

"It's nothing to do with his dedication to Aston Villa. He is a very serious footballer and he wants to do well. We don't want to be without him - not at all. He is so important to us. When he didn't play, the fans were singing for him. They love him and he is forgiven."

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