Villa discipline brawling trio
Aston Villa have disciplined James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph after all three were involved in a nightclub brawl on Tuesday.
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Last Updated: 04/05/12 10:42am
Aston Villa have disciplined James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph after all three were involved in a nightclub fracas on Tuesday.
The incident took place in the early hours of the morning, and local media have even broadcast video footage of the fracas.
Now Villa have confirmed that all three players have been fined following an internal club investigation.
A Villa statement released said: "The club dealt with this matter internally and the players have been disciplined, with the fines being split between two charities the club are promoting at the game against Spurs."
All three players issued an apology for their part in the incident, with Collins saying: "I'm sorry for what has happened and I take responsibility for my actions.
"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, six days before we next play 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.
"We have a very important game of football on Sunday at Villa Park against Tottenham and I'm looking forward to giving my full commitment, as always, and securing three points."
Delph said: "I'm sorry for being out on Monday night, the early hours of Tuesday morning and I apologise to the club, the fans, the chairman, the manager and my colleagues.
"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."
And Herd added: "I would like to apologise for what happened on Monday night and I apologise for being out at that time.
"We had gone to a club after the end-of-season dinner with girlfriends and wives accompanying us.
"It was no one's intention to get involved in any trouble but I realise that my actions on the night were not acceptable.
"Even if I felt at the time that the prior situation inside the nightclub had not been dealt with properly, I still should not have acted in the manner in which I did.
"I'm sorry to the fans and I'll do everything I can to make it up to them as they have been fantastic since I've come into the team.
"I would also like to apologise to the club and my immediate aim is to help the team to finish the season strongly and to secure our position in the Premier League."