Aston Villa trio James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph fined over late night incident
Aston Villa players James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph have all been fined by the club over an incident that happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The fine relates to a nightclub fracas that followed the club’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday evening (though the nomination lists must have been pretty short).
Collins and Herd were allegedly involved in a row with fellow revellers at Birmingham’s Gatecrasher club. Delph was reportedly acting as a peacemaker and will be dealt with more leniently by Villa.
All three players have now apologised through a club statement.
Collins said: “I let myself get into a position in which I didn’t act responsibly and I apologise for this.”
Herd said: “It was no-one’s intention to get involved in any trouble but I realise that my actions on the night were not acceptable.
“I’m sorry to the fans and I’ll do everything to make it up to them.
“I would like to apologise to the club and my immediate aim is to secure our position in the Premier League.”
Delph said: “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.”
The fines will be split between two charities, Cure Leukaemia and Anthony Nolan.