Aston Villa fans have not had much to cheer about of late but the predicament facing former player Antonio Luna is a whole lot worse.
The 25-year-old was on the books at Villa Park for two seasons from 2013 to 2015, playing 17 league games for the Birmingham side and scoring one goal – on his Premier League debut against Arsenal.
Frozen out for much of his final season at the club, Luna embarked on loan moves to Verona and Spezia in Italy before signing with Spanish La Liga minnows Eibar.
Part of the team that defied the odds to avoid relegation last season, things had been going pretty well for Luna. However, that all changed the minute a sex tape, starring Luna and teammate Sergi Enrich, was leaked online.
The clip features both players, completely naked for all the world to see, seemingly having sex with the same woman. As you would imagine, the clip has caused quite the kerfuffle in Spain with Enrich and Luna forced to make a grovelling apology via social media:
In light of the circulation on social media of a sexually explicit video in which we, the undersigned, appear, we want to state that the video shows a recording of a private act which took place between fully consenting adults, within the scope of the freedoms we all enjoy.
We deeply regret that an indiscretion for which we are not responsible has led to these images being published without our knowledge or, far less, our consent.
We likewise regret the potential damage [not only] to our image but in particular to that of our club, whose colours we represent, and that it could have offended our supporters and the city of Eibar in general.
We are aware that professional footballers should set an example in every walk of life, especially to children; this being the reason we apologise if this incident has caused harm to anyone.
Equally, we want to apologise for the damage the circulation of this video could cause to the third person involved in the video.
We wish to stress that, as SD Eibar players, an exemplary club that represents a set of fans and a city equally exemplary, we stand by the values that have been shown to us since we arrived in Eibar. We hope this incident does not in any way harm the image of the club, nor that of our team-mates.
Sergi Enrich and Antonio Luna.
It remains unclear as to how the clip found its way online or why it was being recorded in the first place but it’s unlikely to do Luna’s chances of landing a big money move elsewhere, or a call-up to the Spain national team any good.
Luna has represented Spain at four levels of youth football and actually started his career with perennial Europa League winners Sevilla before moving to Villa Park.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.