Gabriel Agbonlahor steps down as Aston Villa captain

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has stepped down as captain of the club. 

The 29-year-old has taken to Instagram to release an emotional message to supporters after being caught up in a number of controversial issues away from the field of play. 

The ex-England international, who came through the club's academy, was put on a personal fitness regime after being deemed overweight. 


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And hours after Villa succumbed to relegation from the Premier League, things got worse for the forward, who was captured partying in a hotel room with friends and two female fans, while there were a number of cans of legal high nitrous oxide on the floor.

But it appears that he's now determined to put the saga behind him and concentrate on helping his struggling side. As it stands, the striker isn't in contention to play for the club, but he may yet be handed a shot at redemption. 

Taking to social media, he stated: "I want to begin with an apology to all Aston Villa fans for my actions in recent weeks, especially at a time when it is devastating for everyone involved with the club.

"I am stepping down as club captain with immediate effect as I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore. This role was a huge honour to me and it hurts to have lost it.

"I have spent 16 years at Aston Villa and played some memorable games. My celebrations and passion, especially in games against local rivals shows my loyalty to Aston Villa.

"I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I'm hurting as well despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise. I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!

"I would also like to add; numerous fake social media accounts and have been created using my name. This is my official Instagram and I do not use Twitter or Facebook."

You can see the Instagram post here: 

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Dwight Yorke
England Football
Premier League
Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor

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