Ayew issues apology after red card

Jordan Ayew has offered his "sincere apologies" to everyone involved with Aston Villa following his red card against West Ham United on Tuesday.

Villa's hopes of claiming much needed points against the Hammers took a big blow in the 17th minute when the Ghana striker was given his marching orders for elbowing Aaron Cresswell in the face.

The visitors went on to lose the game 2-0 and they remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the English Premier League standings.

Ayew, though, took to social media to apologise for his actions.

"Looking back at my impulsive actions last night I sincerely apologise to the supporters of Aston Villa, my team-mates, AVFC staff and my coach," he wrote on Instagram.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and I don’t wish to dwell on my mistake but rather look forward to playing again to prove myself to be true to claret and blue as I have done from the moment I joined AVFC and I do not intend to slow down now.

"To my fans and everyone I offended, I ask that you join me in moving on from this unfortunate situation as I continue to focus on my career and the success of the team. We fight till the end. Up The Villa!"