Quoted by the Birmingham Mail,, Andy Gray has ripped into "pathetic" Aston Villa and suggested that Gabriel Agbonlahor did not care about the fact that the club were on the brink of relegation.
The 29-year-old sat out Saturday's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea after being suspended following photographs of him holding a shisha pipe in Dubai on the international break.
Agbonlahor, handed the club captain's role by ex-manager Tim Sherwood, is the longest-serving player in the squad, being a first-team member since 2005, and former Villan Gray claims he has been "conning" the Villa fans for "so many years".
Losing to Chelsea ultimately saw the Birmingham-based club move 15 points adrift of safety as relegation into the Championship looks certain, and Gray did not pull punches in his assessment of Agbonlahor's decision to take a holiday during the trying time.
He said to beIN Sports, via the Birmingham Mail: "In my opinion he has conned the Villa fans for so many years. This season they have been absolutely pathetic, shocking.
"Villa have been a disgrace and the fans have suffered for eight months. As club captain you don't disappear to Dubai, even on a break. Get caught in a nightclub, drinking and the 'shishaing' all night long.
"You can't expect to not be criticised. I think of the great captains I played with at that club and they would be nowhere near a holiday. That's him saying 'I am yahooing it, I'm Gabby Agbonlahor'. I earn £60k a week and if we go down, I don't really care."
With Remi Garde sacked on Tuesday, Eric Black took charge for the mauling by Chelsea and it remains to be seen when or if the caretaker boss will recall Agbonlahor.
Being honest, there is not a whole lot left to play for from a Villa perspective, meaning his extended absence most probably would not do a great deal of damage in the scheme of things.