Certain sections of the Aston Villa fanbase owe Douglas Luiz an apology after the abuse he received following their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa captain leapt to the defence of the 23-year-old and insisted he has been “outstanding” in his time at Villa Park.
Luiz came under scrutiny for giving away a penalty that led to Manchester United’s equalising goal.
However, he took to Instagram, as relayed by Birmingham Live, to hit back at fans for the abuse he received in the wake of the game.
This all comes just weeks after the football world boycotted social media in an attempt to tackle abuse and discrimination.
“I just don’t understand why people have to voice their opinions like that,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“If they say ‘Douglas Luiz shouldn’t have done that.’ That’s enough. For him to be abused, it’s not on.
“He’s been outstanding for Villa for the two seasons he’s been here.
“Yes, he shouldn’t have given away the penalty. But he’s not the first and he won’t be the last person to give away a clumsy penalty. You can’t go and abuse them.
“Some Villa fans definitely owe him an apology.
“There’s a way of saying things, there’s a way of commenting on things.
“If Villa fans had said ‘Oh, that’s disappointing from Luiz, he has to just jockey him there.’ That’s exactly what the manager’s saying.
“But they don’t have to abuse him and I don’t blame him for hitting back.”