Aston Villa have banned their gamers from participating in Fantasy Soccer competitions after Jack Grealish’s absence for Sunday’s defeat by Leicester was leaked on-line.
Villa misplaced at house with captain Grealish not concerned for the primary time in virtually 50 Premier League video games.
In accordance with The Occasions, there’s concern from the Villa Park hierarchy that Grealish’s absence was leaked on-line by a Fantasy Soccer account.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe play Fantasy Premier League, the place groups are chosen from actual gamers, who might be substituted or bought, with factors awarded for achievements similar to targets scored, assists or clear sheets.
And previous to the match, a social media account referred to as ‘FPL Insider’ revealed that gamers Matt Targett, Conor Hourihane and Neil Taylor all transferred Grealish out of their Fantasy Premier League sides, in addition to some members of employees.
After the defeat, boss Dean Smith mentioned that the membership can be investigating how information of Grealish’s coaching floor damage leaked.
“I used to be made conscious on social media there have been rumours he was not going to play,” Smith mentioned.
“If that’s popping out of our coaching floor I’ll discover out the place it’s coming from and reprimand whoever it’s coming from. It’s one thing I might not be proud of.”
Talking on Drivetime, visitor co-host Charlie Austin gave his response to the information, saying: “It’s solely a little bit of enjoyable, fantasy soccer.
“In the event you’re trying into the depths of whether or not by Aston Villa employees or gamers taking him out of their workforce for the weekend that’s resulted in folks second guessing; then for me it’s an odd one.”