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Last Updated: 17/03/11 6:42pm

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Duo: Disciplined by Villa

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.

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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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