English Premier League side Aston Villa have disciplined three of their players after they were involved in a nightclub fracas just days before their most important game of the season.
The club led an inquiry into events during the early hours of Tuesday morning in which defender James Collins, 28, and midfielders Fabian Delph, 22, and Chris Herd, 23, were caught up in unsavoury scenes.
Delph was dealt with more leniently having acted as peacemaker during the incident at 2.45am.
It heaps more embarrassment on the relegation-threatened club ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham at Villa Park on Sunday.
Several players visited Gatecrasher club after a presentation evening at Villa Park.
The night ended in chaos, with Herd and Delph thrown out while Collins was involved in a stand-off with members of the club's staff.
Chief executive Paul Faulkner was livid at the players' conduct and contcted them to remind them of their responsibilities.
Negative publicity regarding players is the last thing under-fire manager Alex McLeish needs before the game, during which Villa supporters are expected to protest loudly against his struggling regime.
Edited by COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA