Aston Villa's Jack Grealish is hoping to draw a line under the controversy over a breach of Government coronavirus guidelines in March.

Police were called to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull to reports a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars, with pictures emerging online of the Aston Villa captain at the scene in slippers and a bright blue hoodie.

The midfielder later said he was “deeply embarrassed” by the incident – less than a day after launching a video appeal for people to stay at home during the Government-enforced lockdown.

In an interview with The Guardian, Grealish said:

“I knew straight away that I had to come out and apologise myself, which I wanted to do; I didn’t want to hide behind a club statement.

“I am old enough now and mature enough to know that I’d done wrong.”

Grealish, who has donated £150,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and raised a further £55,000 for the NHS by raffling off one off his Villa shirts, accepts his mistakes will always be placed under greater scrutiny.

He added:

“That’s just the way things are in this world that we live in. Everyone knows when you do something it’s always going to be the bad stuff that gets out there.

“That’s what I have to deal with. I respect my job, absolutely love what I do, and wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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