Jack Grealish breaks silence after defying coronavirus lockdown rules
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish admits he’s ‘deeply embarrassed’ after the midfielder was pictured at the scene of a car crash after lockdown measures were announced in the UK.
A white range rover collided with two parked vehicles in Solihull, Birmingham this weekend and Grealish was pictured next to the car.
The 24-year-old has now admitted that he was present at the scene after ‘stupidly’ agreeing to meet a friend.
‘I just want to do a quick video message just to say how deeply embarassed I am about what happened this weekend,’ said Grealish.
‘I know it’s a tough time for everyone at the moment, being locked indoors for so long.I obviously got a call from a friend asking to go round to his and I stupidly agreed to do so.I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake I did.
Aston Villa were ‘looking’ for Grealish in the last 48 hours as they were keen to speak to the club captain over the incident.
The club have now released a statement expressing their disappointment.
‘Aston Villa is deeply disappointed that one of our players ignored the Government’s guidance on staying at home during the Coronavirus crisis,’ a statement read.
‘Club Captain Jack Grealish has accepted that his decision to leave his house was wrong and entirely unnecessary. It breached the government guidelines which are clear and should be adhered to by everybody.
‘The player will be disciplined and fined with the proceeds donated to The University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham.’
In a statement after the incident, West Midlands police said: ‘We were called to Waterside, Dickens Heath, just before 10am to reports that a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars in the street.
‘The driver left his details with a member of the public at the scene before leaving on foot, and will be spoken to by police in due course. Minor damage was caused to the parked vehicles.
‘Officers are investigating the circumstances and anyone with information has been asked to get in touch.’
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