Baker banned over ticket sale

Baker, an England Under-19 player, has had his allocation of

tickets for the February 28 clash with Manchester United taken away

from him by the club. The central defender is reported to have been

trying to sell his five tickets at £200 apiece. A club

spokesman said: “The club is saddened that Nathan has been so

foolish. “All of the players were made aware that tickets for the

Carling Cup final are available for their own use only and,

following this incident, the message has been repeated to them.

“Nathan’s actions were naive and he is extremely embarrassed and

regretful at having let himself down at the club and the Aston

Villa fans. “It shouldn’t be forgotten, however, that Nathan is

just 18 years old and he has a lot to learn.” Baker is regarded as

one of Villa’s most exciting young talents for the future although

he has yet to make a senior appearance for Martin O’Neill’s side

and is currently on loan at League Two side Lincoln.