The Aston Villa has banned its players from participating in the Premier League Fantasy League, after Jack Grealish’s injury was leaked when he was removed from their teams by squad members.
This type of competition, very popular in England with more than seven million participants, allows users to virtually buy and sell to players to build a squad in which footballers receive points based on their performance in real life.
Villa player Grealish missed this weekend’s game against Leicester City and the news leaked because several of his teammates replaced him in their squads before the dismissal was official.
It is not the first time this has happened and there is a ‘bot’ that, through a Twitter account located in Norway, tweet every time a player from a real Premier League team makes a roster change, so it is easy to know when a footballer is not going to play a game.
For example, Andy Robertson, in early February, sold Sadio Mané days before playing against Brighton & Hove Albion, a game that the Senegalese did not play, while Several Leicester City players transferred Jamie Vardy a few days ago before the English striker missed four games through injury.
These practices have led clubs like Aston Villa to prohibit their players from using these platforms, according to The Times newspaper.
Other teams could follow in the footsteps of Villa, although it is not a very popular option, since the movements of its players, and also of members of the coaching staff and workers of the entity, they are exposing the physical problems of the players.