Aston villa captain, Gabriel Agbonlahor has stepped down from the position following an investigation into his behaviour which had earned him a substantial fine by the club.
Villa completed an investigation into the 29-year-old on Thursday and fined him two weeks wages, around £100,000, while issuing a warning about future conduct.The 29-year-old, the club’s longest-serving player, has been suspended since April 19 after being pictured partying on the night relegation to the Championship was confirmed. The evening Villa lost to Manchester United he appeared to be inhaling laughing gas despite being put on a two-week fitness regime by caretaker manager Eric Black. The suspension has now been lifted and he is available for selection from Monday, although it is unlikely he will play again before the season finishes. He has not featured since appearing as a substitute in the defeat to Swansea on March 19.
Agbonlahor, a boyhood Villa fan, has come in for scathing criticism from supporters for his form and attitude, with Black making the astonishing revelation he was not fit enough to play. The forward has now responded by apologising to the fans, and saying he no longer deserves the role of captain.He took to his instagram page to apologise,saying
“I want to begin with an apology to all Aston Villa fans for my actions in recent weeks, especially at a time when it is devastating for everyone involved with the club”,am stepping down as club captain with immediate effect as I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore. This role was a huge honour to me and it hurts to have lost it.I have spent 16 years at Aston Villa and played some memorable games. My celebrations and passion, especially in games against local rivals shows my loyalty to Aston Villa. I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I’m hurting as well despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise. I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!”.
In a statement, the club said: “Aston Villa Football Club can confirm the investigation concerning Gabby Agbonlahor’s conduct has reached a conclusion.The player has received a substantial fine and been reminded of his responsibilities as a professional footballer at Aston Villa.His suspension is now lifted and he will be available for selection from Monday.Gabby has also advised he wishes to relinquish the role of Club captain”.