‘He needs a kick up the backside but I’m not going to throw Jack Grealish under the bus’: Ex-Aston Villa star Stan Collymore admits he would have done the same as the captain at 24 after he was caught flouting lockdown rules
- Stan Collymore has condemned Jack Grealish’s decision to attend a party
- But Collymore says he too would have ignored government guidelines aged 24
- The Aston Villa captain has since posted an apologetic video on Twitter
- Grealish has also been linked to a car crash involving a £70,000 Range Rover
Stan Collymore has sympathised with Jack Grealish after the Aston Villa captain flouted government guidelines by attending a late night party on Saturday.
Grealish issued an apology on social media on Monday after he allegedly crashed his £70,000 Range Rover into parked cars in in the Dickens Heath area of Solihull. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 24-year-old made no mention of any car crash in his apology video on Twitter, but confessed to feeling ‘deeply embarrassed’ after ‘stupidly’ agreeing to attend the house party.
Jack Grealish was the subject of controversy after flouting the government’s lockdown rules
Grealish took to social media on Monday evening to apologise for his behaviour
Now Collymore, who represented Villa between 1997 and 2000, has denounced Grealish’s actions but understands his desire to party during the unexpected break in the season.
‘Would I have gone to the party aged 24? More than likely,’ Collymore told The Mirror.
‘So while I can only condemn what he has done, I’m not going to throw Grealish completely under the bus.
Police are investigating the crash involving a white Range Rover on Sunday morning
An image of a man resembling Grealish, wearing odd footwear, circulated on social media
‘Instead, I’ll tell him to take whatever punishment is coming on the chin and accept the fact he has stepped well out of line.’
Grealish’s excellent performances this season have attracted attention from Manchester United. However, the midfielder’s disciplinary issues could deter Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from making a summer bid.
The Premier League season has been halted until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Collymore believes the absence of football will leave a ‘bad smell’ lingering around Villa’s No 10.
Grealish is pictured walking away, close to the scene of a Range Rover crash on Sunday
‘People start to forgive and forget when you do something special on a pitch,’ Collymore continued, ‘but no football for some time means this episode will sit on him like a bad smell.
‘That’s why (Dean) Smith and his assistant, John Terry, will have a big role to play for Grealish now.
‘As people he respects, they need to give him the kick up the backside he deserves before helping get him started on the road to redemption.’
Former Villa player Stan Collymore says he understands Grealish’s decision to go out partying