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Aston Villa Have Banned Team From Playing Fantasy Football As Investigation Continues

Aston Villa Have Banned Team From Playing Fantasy Football As Investigation Continues

Aston Villa have taken action by banning their team from playing Fantasy Football for the foreseeable future.

The news has emerged as the Premier League club continue their investigation surrounding the 'leaked' injury news of captain Jack Grealish at the weekend.

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Grealish, who has a shin injury and is expected to be out for around two to four weeks, was ruled out of Sunday's clash with Leicester City due to injury, but many already knew thanks to FPL.

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The Athletic have reported teammates Matt Targett, Conor Hourihane [on loan at Swansea City] and Neil Taylor all transferred the 25-year-old out of their team prior to his injury being confirmed.

Other members of staff also did so, including physio Rob Marshall.

Twitter account @insider_fpl told their followers about the Grealish news - as well as Liam Cooper's decision to take Leeds teammate Ezgjan Alioski out of his team - and many proceeded to take action.

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Information regarding FPL is easy to obtain, as you can see from the Twitter account above, and there is currently no regulation from the Premier League regarding it.

It is believed staff could be encouraged to not pick players from their own teams to give away crucial information.

Villa manager Dean Smith discussed Grealish's injury following Sunday's 2-1 defeat and he was aware of the news.

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"I've been made aware that on social media there were some rumours that he wasn't going to play." he said. "If it's coming out of our training ground, then I find out where it is coming from and reprimand where it's coming from.

"Yeah, it certainly does [give a leg up] and it's something I wouldn't be happy with so we'll certainly get to the bottom of this."

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Image: PA

Topics: Aston Villa, Football, Jack Grealish, Premier League, Fantasy Football

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.