Alan Hutton has revealed he was stunned to hear Jack Grealish’s absence at Aston Villa may have been leaked via the Fantasy Premier League game.
The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted Dean Smith had every right to be “raging” after rumours of the midfielder’s injury setback circulated before Sunday’s clash against Leicester City.
As reported by the Times, Grealish missed training on Wednesday and was ruled out of the trip to the King Power Stadium on Friday.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers admitted he had heard there was a possibility Villa would be without their talisman 24 hours before the game despite no official news from Smith or the Midlands outfit.
The speculation has now been linked to several Villa players and staff taking the midfielder out of their Fantasy Premier League teams ahead of the game, information which became publicly available on Friday night.
Villa are now said to have banned their players from playing Fantasy Premier League games in order to avoid insider knowledge from being leaked into the public domain.
Hutton admitted he was as surprised as anyone to hear about the potential source of the leak.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It’s crazy – I mean, I’m just like everybody else, reading the reports and I think it was some Twitter account that logs all professional players, when they move players in and out.
“I think it was three players and two staff that took Jack out, and it’s something that something, probably, that nobody thought of, if I’m totally honest.
“Obviously, Dean Smith was raging about a leak and things like that, and it’s understandable to be thinking that way.
“To have thought that it’s come from somewhere like that, you would just never think that people are watching that sort of thing.
“I’ve seen they’ve had a meeting and they’ve been banned from it, no more, so it’s a learning curve for everybody involved in the fantasy football outwith, like myself because I never knew that’s what happened.”