Aston Villa could ban Jack Grealish following all-night party
Published 23/09/2016 | 08:00
Aston Villa are considering the suspension of England Under-21 international Jack Grealish for this weekend’s game against Newcastle United after his latest off-field misdemeanour.
Villa are also likely to fine Grealish two weeks’ wages – around £42,000 – after he was alleged to have been involved in an all-night party in a Birmingham city centre hotel which continued until 8am on Sunday morning.
Grealish has already been warned by Villa over his behaviour away from the club, after he was pictured apparently drunk on holiday in Tenerife last summer, before he then went out partying after a 4-0 defeat at Everton.
Police were called to the hotel but no arrests were made and Grealish, 21, was not one of the 12 people ejected.
Yet Villa have taken a dim view of this latest brush with trouble and Roberto Di Matteo, the manager, is weighing up whether to axe him for Saturday’s home game against Newcastle.
“Unfortunately it has happened again. We expect our players to behave in a professional manner at all times, so it is something that we don’t tolerate,” Di Matteo said.
“It’s important that he understands what he has, and he needs to grow up very quickly.”
Villa are continuing to investigate the incident and although Grealish has been training with the first team he could be left out of the squad for the visit of Rafa Benítez’s team.
Di Matteo added: “First it’s a feeling of disappointment. We instantly started an investigation which is still ongoing. Once it’s finished and we have all the facts then we will take disciplinary action.”
Grealish signed a new four-year deal earlier this month.