Jordan Ayew punished by Aston Villa for red card, confirms Remi Garde

Rémi Garde

The 24-year-old striker was dismissed during the first half of Tuesday night's 2-0 loss at West Ham United for elbowing Aaron Cresswell.

Jordan Ayew has been fined by Aston Villa for his sending off in Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham United, manager Remi Garde has confirmed.

The 24-year-old striker was shown a straight red card in the 17th-minute at the Boleyn Ground for elbowing Aaron Cresswell in the face with little provocation and will now serve a three-match ban.

Garde was initially infuriated with the Ghana international, clearly refusing to acknowledge him as the trudged off the pitch, as the dismissal forced his team to go on the back foot after looking like the better of the two sides through the opening stages.

However, after apologising in front of the squad and to Garde in private the following morning, the Villa boss is willing to forgive his star man.

Asked whether Ayew has been fined at his pre-match conference ahead of Saturday’s visit of Norwich City, Garde told reporters: “Yes, the club’s position is the same for everybody.

“Straight after his stupid mistake I was really, really disappointed, of course. This is the first feeling I had, and I was upset as well because you know you will be in big trouble and the game will change.

“But I have to say that since then Jordan apologised publicly in front of the group and straight away the morning after he went to my office and apologised and we had a chat.”

Ayew, who originally joined Villa from French club Lorient last July for around £8.5 million, has been one of the club’s few bright spots so far this season, impressing with his combination of skill and work rate while netting five goals in 19 Premier League games.

His performances have not been able to lift the team off the bottom of the table, however, and Garde believes his dismal stemmed from frustration after seeing things go against his side in recent weeks.

Villa had a penalty denied for a third straight game on Tuesday night when Gabby Agbonlahor’s cross – destined for Ayew – struck Michail Antonio’s arm in the box without the referee noticing, and the Frenchman thinks that prompted the former Ligue 1 star’s moment of madness seven minutes later.

“He was frustrated from that,” Garde added at his press conference. “This was the latest point of frustration he had, but then probably Jordan has been frustrated for a long time because what he did in the previous games since the beginning of the season has been very good, to be fair.

“He’s one of the most committed players in every game. He’s the biggest runner in the team as well every time nearly. He’s in the top three every game. I cannot say this is not a player who is not committed to the Villa challenge we have.

“I feel upset about what he did, but at the same time I was really disappointed for him to act in this way.”

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