By Chris Wright
With their side currently making flirty eye-contact with relegation across the smoky honky tonk, it’ll no doubt come as welcome news to fans of the club that three Aston Villa players – James Collins, Fabian Delph and Chris Herd – are to be fined after being caught on camera getting bolshy outside Gatecrasher nightclub in Birmingham at 2:45am on Tuesday morning.
The incident took place after the three players ventured into town after Villa’s end-of-season awards (presumably they didn’t have to spend an awful lot on trophies this time round), which saw Herd kicking at the club’s glass doors before being restrained while Collins and Delph swore angrily at the bouncers.
All three men have apologised for their behaviour in an official club statement.
“I let myself get into a position in which I didn’t act responsibly and I apologise for this. It was a Monday night, it was early in the week and I didn’t have training the next day.
“But I know I’ve let myself down, I’ve let the club down, I’ve let the manager down and, most of all, I’ve let down the fans of Aston Villa – who have been great to me.”
“I am injured, I won’t be fit again until pre-season and I probably thought that going out would not carry any consequences. I was sober, I was in control of my actions and I did try to calm down the situation.
“I didn’t hit out or strike anyone but I should not have been there and I was wrong to be in this position.”
Herd then had the final word:
“My actions on the night were out of character. I’ll do everything I can to make it up to the club and the fans, as they have been fantastic since I’ve joined the team.
“My immediate aim is to help the team to finish the season strongly and to secure our position in the Premier League.”
*Finger wag* You’ve let Pies down, you’ve let the school down but worst of all, you’ve let yourselves down.
All three have since been fined by Villa, with the money being split between the Cure Leukaemia and Anthony Nolan Blood Cancer charities.