Sad news that the talented Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, may be banned for pictures of him smoking shisha pipe in Dubai that surfaced online. He traveled to the Middle East recently for vacation.
The player will not take part in the match between Chelsea as Aston Villa or any other matches in the Premier League henceforth. He has been put under temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation to be carried out on the striker’s recent conduct.
Yesterday’s announcement may bring the academy product closer to his last days at Villa Park. He has made only 15 appearances in the Barclays Premier League this season and the club is sitting first from below the league table.
Eric Black is the team’s Caretaker manager who took charge over affairs at the club after Remi Garde left on Tuesday. Black said:
“There’s an internal investigation. I spoke to (board member) David Bernstein at length (on Thursday) and the club have taken a decision. I have taken a decision on the footballing side to remove him from the squad, purely because I don’t want anything to distract the players.
“I’ll speak to him again on Monday and then we’ll take it from there. He’s back in and reporting for training.
“I’m not going to go into the details because the investigation is on going. I want us to get back to football and football alone.”
Eric Black consented to the decision not to include the club captain Agbonlahor in the team that will play against Chelsea today. The club’s new football board headed by Bernstein has launched investigation into the matter.
The suspension on club captain Agbonlahor will not mean a cancellation of his contract, he trained with the squad on Friday but will not be fielded for the match.
He might be ready to commence services by Monday when it is expected that the matter would be resolved.