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Carew fined 'heavily' by O'Neill

John Carew
John Carew was an important factor in the 4-0 win on Sunday

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill fined John Carew "pretty heavily" after the player's alleged visit to a lap-dancing club in the early hours of Thursday.

Carew, left out of the Uefa Cup game win over Ajax that night, returned to play a key role in the 4-0 Premier League demolition of Wigan on Sunday.

O'Neill said: "John was disciplined because he breached the rules.

"John thinks there are mitigating circumstances. I listened and then I made a decision he was wrong."

Keen to draw a veil over the matter, O'Neill added: "It was a large oversight on his part.

"John assures me it won't happen again so I will believe him. It wasn't the brightest thing to do. Most of the players in the dressing room are saying it should be doubled."

The Norwegian striker's introduction for Gareth Barry in the 53rd minute breathed new life into Villa - 1-0 up at the time - as an attacking force.

His header was bundled into the net by Gabriel Agbonlahor in the 57th minute and then Agbonlahor returned the favour by providing a cross for Carew to head home in the 62nd minute.

Substitute Steve Sidwell curled in a delightful fourth in the last minute to cap a fine win after Barry's 22nd-minute penalty had put O'Neill's men in control.

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see also
Wigan 0-4 Aston Villa
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Striker 'in club' before cup game
25 Oct 08 |  West Midlands

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