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Villa discipline youngster for selling Carling Cup final tickets

Aston Villa have banned one of their own players from the Carling Cup final after he was caught selling match tickets for the big game on Facebook, reports the Daily Mail. England under-19 star Nathan Baker was selling the sought-after tickets on the social networking site for £200 each.

Villa have been forced to discipline the 18 year old by removing the tickets from him and banning him from attending the cup final clash at Wembley.

Villa squad members are strictly forbidden from selling on tickets allocated to the first team for friends and family.

A spokesperson for the club said: "The club is saddened that Nathan has been so foolish.

"All of the players were made aware that tickets for the Carling Cup final are available for their own use only and, following this incident, the message has been repeated to them.

"It shouldn't be forgotten, however, that Nathan is just 18 years old and he has a lot to learn. His actions were naive and he is extremely embarrassed and regretful at having let down himself, the club and Aston Villa fans."

The teenager said that he regretted selling the tickets online.

"I wish to apologise unreservedly to the fans for my actions," he said.

"I appreciate it is a privilege to be part of Aston Villa Football Club and one day I hope to play in the first team, but I understand that my behaviour off the pitch must speak as loudly as my actions on the pitch.

"I have been informed by the club that I will no longer be receiving any tickets for the Carling Cup final and, while I will be sorry not to be able to cheer Aston Villa on at Wembley, I understand and appreciate that it would be inappropriate for me to have these tickets given my actions."

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