"I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness"- Gabby Agbonlahor steps down as club captain
The 29-year-old penned an apology on his Instagram account16:42 Thursday 28 April 2016, 16:42 28 Apr 2016
Gabby Agbonlahor has stepped down as Aston Villa club captain and has sought forgiveness from the club's supporters after a dismal season resulted in relegation from the Premier League.
The forward is currently suspended by the club after pictures appeared online of him partying after Villa's relegation.
"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" he wrote on Instagram.
"I am stepping down as club captain with immediate effect, as I do not deserve to carry out such a role any-more. 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!"
Agbonlahor has endured a difficult season at the club between being put on his own fitness regime to being pictured in Dubai with what appeared to be a shisha pipe in his hand.
He's made 322 league appearances for the club scoring 74 times since making his debut for the club in 2006.
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