Aston Villa trio disciplined after nightclub altercation

James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph have all been fined by the club after being involved in a fracas on Tuesday morning after their end of season awards ceremony
Aston Villa have fined three members of their first-team squad after they were involved in a dispute outside a nightclub in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph have all been disciplined by the club for their part in the incident which occurred after the club's end of season awards ceremony, although the latter has been dealt with more leniently after he was believed to have been acting as a peacemaker.

An official club statement from Villa confirmed the altercation: "The club dealt with this matter internally on Tuesday and the players in question have been disciplined.

"The fines are being split between two charities the club are promoting at the game against Spurs on Sunday - Cure Leukaemia and Anthony Nolan.

"Our players attended the club's end-of-season dinner on Monday night and training on Tuesday was limited to players who did not start in Saturday's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion and those not carrying injuries.

"As a club, the players, management and fans are completely focused on Sunday's game against Spurs at Villa Park."

All three players have since publicly apologised for their part in the fracas, with the 28 year-old Wales international Collins undoubtedly the most high-profile of the group involved.

"I'm sorry for what has happened and I take responsibility for my actions," Collins said in a statement.

"It does not show me in a very good light and does not put the club in a very good light.

"I know I should not have been out in a club with my wife after the end-of-season dinner at that time in the morning and I was wrong to be in that position.

"It was a misunderstanding and was resolved quickly but I understand how it looks and I apologise for that. As a senior, experienced player, I understand I am in a position of responsibility.

"I let myself get into a position in which I didn't act responsibly and I apologise for this. It was Monday night, it was early in the week and I didn't have training the next day.

"But I know I've let myself down, I've let the club down, I've let the manager down and most of all I've let down the fans of Aston Villa who have been great to me."