FORMER English women’s football star Eni Aluko cried in court after breaking the coronavirus quarantine rules in Barbados.
The 33-year-old left her hotel before receiving her test results after arriving in the Caribbean.
Aluko told an island court that she was confused by the rules and didn’t realize she had to wait for her results before leaving the hotel.
The test for Covid-19 finally came back positive. There have been 138 confirmed cases of the virus in Barbados with seven deaths.
The idyllic island tests everyone entering from high-risk and medium-risk countries.
The UK is on the ‘medium risk’ list and the Government of Barbados website states that after being tested at the airport people should ‘wait for the results at a designated detention hotel / villa in your costs ”.
The Barbados Nation News newspaper reports that she tearfully told the court: “I came here because there were looser rules. I love Barbados.
“I came here in 2015. I came here for vacation. I would never, ever try to break the rules.
“I understand that I should have waited for the test. I didn’t think I had to do it, I thought I had to wait as long as possible.
“Marriotts said there was a delay in the results and then they let me go.
“Honestly, your worship, if they had prevented me from leaving, I would have obeyed. “
Aluko, who now works for Aston Villa as a female athletic director, initially pleaded not guilty but later changed her plea to guilty.
Although the magistrate accepted his version of events and did not issue a fine, Aluko said she wanted to pay something because she “felt really bad”.
Aluko, who has been a regular BBC and Amazon Prime expert, is staying at the five-star adults-only Little Arches hotel in Christ Church Parish.
Prices start from £ 228 a night at the Boutique Hotel.
Aluko also made headlines last month when she slammed those placed on the government’s leave program amid the coronavirus crisis.
Aluko took to Twitter to suggest that the time off “is necessary but has created a culture of the right to do nothing” – drawing much criticism.
She was called in for her comments by ex-Chelsea teammate Bethany England.
Aluko subsequently deleted a number of his posts, set his Twitter account as private and apologized for “any breaches caused”.
England’s 10th most-selected player Aluko has scored 33 goals in 102 appearances for the Lionesses and helped her country take third place in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
But in 2017, the Football Federation paid Aluko £ 40,000 after he claimed he was bullied by coaching staff.
Former England boss Mark Sampson has been convicted of racial abuse of both Aluko and Drew Spence, having been cleared twice previously.