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Jack Grealish 'deeply embarrassed' as Aston Villa punish midfielder for car crash during lockdown

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Jack Grealish says he's "deeply embarrassed" by an incident this week involving a house party and a car crash and the former Ireland U-21 star has apologised for his actions.

Photos emerged on Monday of a Range Rover, owned by Grealish, in the aftermath an early-morning collision involving three other vehicles, after a house party in Solihull, and West Midlands police confirmed they were investigating the matter.

The photos were made public online 24 hours after Grealish had issued an appeal, via video message on his twitter account, for fans to stay indoors and observe government guidelines on combating Covid-19.

"I am deeply embarrassed about what's happened this weekend," he said in a second video, issued on Monday evening. "I know it's a tough time for everyone at the moment, being locked in, I got a call from a friend, asking to go around to his and I stupidly agreed to do so.

"I don't want anyone to make the same mistake I did. I urge everyone to stay at home and follow the rules and guidelines, I know for a fact that's what I will be doing in the future, I hope everyone can accept my apology and we can move on from this."

A Villa statement read: "Aston Villa is deeply disappointed that one of our players ignored the Government’s guidance on staying at home during the Coronavirus crisis.

"Club Captain Jack Grealish has accepted that his decision to leave his house was wrong and entirely unnecessary.

"It breached the government guidelines which are clear and should be adhered to by everybody. The player will be disciplined and fined with the proceeds donated to The University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham."

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