Chelsea and England striker Tammy Abraham has apologized “for the naivety shown” after being accused of violating coronavirus guidelines.
The Sun reported that around 20 people, including England teammates Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho, attended a surprise party for Abraham’s 23rd birthday at his home on Saturday.
Gatherings of more than six people are banned in England.
Abraham said he didn’t know the feast was planned but “deeply regrets it”.
The party came hours after Abraham starred in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday and before he joined the England squad this week.
It is understood that those present at the party were close friends and family members whose temperature was checked upon arrival.
“On Saturday night, I arrived home to find that a little surprise reunion had been arranged for me with my family and close friends to celebrate my birthday,” Abraham said.
“Although I was completely unaware that this was planned, I would like to apologize wholeheartedly for the naivety that everyone has shown in organizing and participating in this gathering.
“I recognize that I have a responsibility both in my professional and personal life to honor and abide by the guidelines and I deeply regret that this has happened.
“All I can do now is learn from it, apologize to everyone and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood were left out of a camp in England last month after an “unacceptable” violation of the Covid-19 quarantine guidelines in Iceland.