According to a report in the Daily Mail today, Claire Huggins was brought before manager Martin O'Neill and head of comms Brian Doogan after sending text messages to a Villa player before a match.
The former Sunday Times journalist had contacted the player to find out whether the following day's match on 9 January might be postponed because of the weather.
The Daily Mail's sports columnist Charles Sale reported that Huggins was also attempting to find out how another player was, after the player was on the Togo coach that came under gun fire when ambushed before the Africa Cup of Nations.
It is claimed Huggins, who is now working at West Bromwich Albion FC, was told that her texts had been ‘disruptive to pre-match preparations'. The ensuing disciplinary process led to her dismissal.
Doogan had no comment for the Daily Mail on the tribunal case.
Aston Villa press office could not be reached at the time of publication.