Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has admitted he has regrets over breaking government lockdown rules but added that he is “still human”.
At the end of March, Grealish said how he was “deeply embarrassed” after he “stupidly agreed” to go to a friend’s house during the coronavirus lockdown.
Grealish faced a backlash over his actions and, after having time to reflect, he is pleased he came out to “apologise” publicly. In hindsight, staying at home and playing FIFA or online games like the Videoslots Football Star game would have been wise choice.
“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,” Grealish told The Guardian.
“I am old enough now and mature enough to know that I’d done wrong.
“I know I am a footballer but I’m still human and we all make mistakes and straight away I knew I’d made a mistake.
“I’m also a role model as well to a lot of people out there, especially young children who might look up to me.
“So I try to act in a respectable manner but since then I have tried to keep my head down, work hard and do as much charitable work as possible.”
Grealish has had a great season for Aston Villa with reports that his form could earn him a huge move to Man Utd.
“My season has been very good, though I probably didn’t start as I wanted to,” Grealish added.
“I got an assist in the second game but apart from that I don’t think I got a goal or an assist for six weeks and that’s what I base my game on, what I do to help the team since then I have just thrived and enjoyed every single moment.
“Without sounding arrogant or big-headed I had no doubts I would come into this league and perform the way I have done.”
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