Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed nobody will be punished after Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish’s injury was leaked ahead of their game with Leicester City at the weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer insisted the leak was an accident and it will not happen again.
Rumours emerged on social media ahead of the visit of Leicester that Grealish was injured following multiple members of Villa’s playing and coaching staff taking the 25-year-old out of their fantasy football teams.
The Athletic report players Matt Targett, Neil Taylor and Conor Hourihane, currently on loan to Swansea City, and Scott Adey-Linforth, first-team performance analyst, and physio Rob Marshall all took Grealish out of their fantasy teams.
The Times report Dean Smith has now banned his staff and players from playing fantasy football to avoid a similar situation happening again.
“To be fair when I was playing, if you could find out some team news from somebody who you knew from another team, you’d always try and find out and give it to the coaching staff to help you,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“If you find out someone is not playing you can change your team around.
“The way Leicester found out was just unlucky. I don’t think anyone has purposely told anyone. I play fantasy football and Grealish was in my team because I didn’t know anything about it. It’s an easy mistake to make forgetting that everybody can see your fantasy football team.
“Nobody will be in trouble for it – they’ll just tell players not to use the app and it won’t happen again.
“It was just a mistake and it could’ve happened to anybody. A Chelsea player could’ve taken out Werner because they know he’s not playing. It happened with Leeds and Liam Cooper taking out Alioski.
“It’s an easy mistake to make. It was an accident, it wasn’t anybody’s fault.”