Aston Villa has called on its players to stop playing Fantasy Football after Jack Grealish’s absence for Sunday’s loss to Leicester was disclosed online.
Villa lost at home with captain Grealish who was not involved in the action for the first time in nearly 50 Premier League games.
According to The Times, the Villa Park hierarchy is concerned that Grealish’s absence has been disclosed online by a Fantasy Football account.
Millions of people around the world play the Fantasy Premier League, where teams are selected from real players, who can be substituted or sold, with points awarded for achievements such as goals scored, assists or leaves. white.
And before the game, a social media account called “ FPL Insider ” revealed that players Matt Targett, Conor Hourihane and Neil Taylor all transferred Grealish from their Fantasy Premier League squads, along with some staff.
Following the loss, boss Dean Smith said the club will investigate the leaked news of Grealish’s training ground injury.
“I was informed on social media that there were rumors he wasn’t going to play,” Smith said.
“If it gets out of our training ground, I’ll find out where it came from and scold anyone. This is something I wouldn’t be happy with.
Speaking on Drivetime, guest co-host Charlie Austin shared his reaction to the news, saying, “It’s just a little fun and fantastic football.
“If you look in the depths if the Aston Villa staff or the players are taking him off their squad for the weekend, people are questioning themselves; so for me it’s strange.