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Published: 19:46 | 28/4/16

Agbonlahor steps down as Aston Villa captain

Disciplinary woes lead to decision

Gabriel Agbonlahor has stepped down as Aston Villa club captain with immediate effect.

The move comes following the striker's latest disciplinary lapse which saw him pictured partying the day that Villa's relegation from the Premier League had been confirmed.

The England international, who had been suspended by the club pending the outcome of an internal inquiry, has also been given a substantial fine and reminded of his responsibilities. His suspension has now been lifted.

"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," Agbonlahor wrote on his Instagram account.

"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!"

A club statement read: "Aston Villa Football Club can confirm the investigation concerning Gabby Agbonlahor's conduct has reached a conclusion.

"The player has received a substantial fine and been reminded of his responsibilities as a professional footballer at Aston Villa.

"His suspension is now lifted and he will be available for selection from Monday. Gabby has also advised he wishes to relinquish the role of club captain."

Agbonlahor, who is Aston Villa's longest-serving player, has already been in trouble this season after being snapped on holiday in Dubai in March appearing to hold a shisha pipe.

He was also put on a personal fitness plan by caretaker boss Eric Black who said that the striker was not fit enough to play for the first team.

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