Aston Villa player banned for selling Carling Cup final tickets on Facebook
You have been touted by Nathan Baker. Tout him back?
Aston Villa have banned youngster Nathan Baker from attending the Carling Cup final after he was caught selling his ticket allocation on Facebook. The 18-year-old, currently on loan at Lincoln City, was flogging the tickets – which were supposed to be for friends and family – on the social networking site for £200 a pop.
A Villa spokesman 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.”
Baker has been forced to return his tickets and has been banned from attending the match. Villa will hope that their swift response halts any external disciplinary action.
Baker said: “I wish to apologise unreservedly to the fans for my actions. 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.”