Villa pair disciplined

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Villa pair disciplined

Duo: Disciplined by Villa


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Aston Villa have confirmed James Collins and Richard Dunne have been disciplined following a row with coaching staff at a health spa.

The incident occurred on what was meant to be a team bonding session in Leicestershire, resulting in the pair being asked to explain their actions at a club disciplinary panel.

The club have refused to confirm the exact nature of the punishment handed out to the two defenders who are both currently sidelined through injury.

Manager Gerard Houllier insisted that the matter has been dealt with internally, with attention now turning to a vital league clash with Wolves on Saturday.

He said: "There was no fracas, but Dunne and Collins have been disciplined and this is all I can say on the matter.

"The club has reacted strongly and quickly, and now we move on to what is most important for us, the game against Wolverhampton at the weekend.

"It was dealt with quickly and strongly by the club but also internally, but I am not going into details.

"I am not going to talk specifically about what happened in this incident. That's it."


Ironically Dunne and Collins were unable to join in with a paint-balling exercise due to shoulder and calf injuries respectively.

"Those players were injured and that is why they didn't take part in the paint-balling and team bonding activity we had set up for the rest of the team," Houllier added.

"The rest of the team enjoyed the two days but after that I can say everyone in terms of commitment, energy, enjoyment, trained extremely well."


Despite the altercation Houllier insisted the duo will still have a chance to play for Villa when they return to fitness.

He said: "We all make mistakes. Sometimes you have to take into account the fact that you have to be aware of that and deal with that.

"Everyone has a chance to play for Aston Villa. I played Nathan Baker who is 19 and Robert Pires who is 37.

"When they are fit, they will be in contention."

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Jack Slater (Aston Villa fan) says...

Jack Martens - Thanks mate and yes it's awful!

Posted 14:47 18th March 2011

Cal Ellis (Aston Villa fan) says...

I think that deep down Jack Martens you know that Houllier is no egg and its not Houllier that is the problem, its the big headed egotistical idiots that had it easy under MON that are the problem. Dunne has been a moaning idiot along with collins all season. Neither have room to say anything as they have both been rubbish this season. Id definately sell Dunne in the summer anyway!

Posted 10:07 18th March 2011

Brendan Cosgrave (Aston Villa fan) says...

HOULLIER must go ! I've never heard a such a dressing room in such disarray , people wanting to leave,players fighting with staff, discontented fans with fallen crowd figures, out of form strikers,the list is endless and all this achieved in 1 year by the French man! The most consistent thing ive seen at Villa this season is the hotdogs, their bad every week !

Posted 08:54 18th March 2011

David Jones (Aston Villa fan) says...

Dunne to Leeds for remainder of season.

Posted 06:34 18th March 2011

Lee Steadman (Aston Villa fan) says... stick to following Burton Because your clueless...Houllier next year will become great then i'd like to see ya pipe ya nose in then! that is all

Posted 00:45 18th March 2011

Thomas Owen (Arsenal fan) says...

Silly comment there Jack. He is a proven manager and has signed some gifted players during his time. The club is still in backlash from the exit of O'niell. This season isn't important for villa. Next season is, see what happens over the summer and I feel Aston villa can kickstart there season well and qualify for the europa league and have a good cup run.

Posted 21:09 17th March 2011

Jack Martens (Burton Albion fan) says...

Always some kind of excitement at Villa under Houllier..... Shame he has no idea what he's doing with the team. I feel sorry for the Villa fans having this clown in charge!!

Posted 19:16 17th March 2011

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