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Aston Villa punish Ayew for red card

Jordan Ayew was sent off at Upton Park. Credit: Reuters

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has confirmed he will fine striker Jordan Ayew for his red card at West Ham.

The Ghanaian elbowed Aaron Cresswell in the 2-0 loss at Upton Park and will now miss the next three matches through suspension.

He came to my office the morning after the game and we had a long chat. Yes, he will be fined.

He regrets it, he apologised publicly, he apologised to me, the team and the fans. He behaves badly on the pitch but then he behaves the way he has to after that.

It's an accumulation of frustration, a little bit during the game, but this frustration has grown in the previous weeks with the results and the way we were not winning games. For a long time he was the main threat for the opponent.

I wouldn't like it if we sum up Jordan from this stupid behaviour. I'm trying to understand why he did that and of course he has to learn from it. Your individual attitude can have a big impact on the collective.

– Remi Garde

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Aston Villa appoint King to board of directors

Mervyn King, right, is now on the board. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have appointed former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King to their board of directors.

The club are currently bottom of the league and made no signings in January, putting manager Remi Garde's future under question but they have added to their board.

I was delighted when Mervyn agreed to join the Board. His dedicated support for the Club is well known.

Mervyn successfully steered the Bank of England through the most turbulent economic headwinds in living memory and his appointment to the Board is a huge boost as we plan our path back to more successful times.

– Chairman Steve Hollis s

King is a life-long Aston Villa supporter and plans to make it one of the best clubs in the world.

It is a privilege to be asked to serve as a director of this great Club. I watched my first match at Villa Park more than 55 years ago, and have experienced the highs and the lows since then.

I shall do my best to help the rebuilding of Aston Villa Football Club as together we return it to its position as one of the top clubs in the world.

– Mervyn King

Richards: Aston Villa not down yet

Micah Richards lives in hope. Credit: PA

Micah Richards is refusing to throw in the towel, despite Aston Villa's deepening relegation worries.

Villa's 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Tuesday night left them rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, 10 points adrift of safety.

But skipper Richards saw enough at Upton Park - where his side had to play for 73 minutes with 10 men after Jordan Ayew was sent off - to suggest Villa are up for the battle.

We have the fighting spirit. We have 14 games now and we will give 100 per cent until the end.

Until it's mathematically impossible, I will not rule us out. We know it will be hard. I am a realist too. I think we need three wins on the bounce and then things start to change.

Norwich is next up - a tough game at the weekend - and if we get three points there it will be a nice start.

A lot of people have said that the players don't care. I think we showed at West Ham that we fight until the end - whether we have 11 or 10 men on the pitch.

We did that. But unfortunately we didn't get anything out of the game.

– Micah Richards

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