Leicester ‘extremely disappointed’ with COVID-19 player violation

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Leicester City said a COVID-19 violation among their players was “extremely disappointing”, after reporting that three team members attended a party.

The Telegraph says James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury were left out of the squad for their game against West Ham after Perez threw a party after the loss to Manchester City.

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“The club have made their expectations regarding adherence to COVID-19 protocols clear to all of their staff,” a spokesperson for Leicester told The Telegraph.

“It is therefore extremely disappointing to learn of a breach that risked undermining the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play. Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our teams’ bubbles from being compromised.

“We fully expect our people to behave in a way that reflects the national effort and the sacrifices made by our communities to control the spread of the virus. Those involved apologized for their lack of judgment. Our answer to the question will be concluded internally. “

Leicester then lost 3-2 to David Moyes’ men thanks to a brace from Jesse Lingard.

“It was a decision I made, an internal situation last weekend. It’s not the standard we’d expect, ”Brendan Rodgers said after the game.

“They [the players who breached COVID-19 guidelines] are all good guys, good guys, but we have a standard on and off the pitch that we need to adhere to. The boys will join the group after this match.

“This is something that we have dealt with. This is disappointing behavior, it is a mistake. This is not who we are. “

When asked if there was a temptation to let players always compete because of the importance of the game – Leicester are one of many teams fighting for a Champions League spot – Rodgers said that it hadn’t crossed his mind.

“You can do it if you’re gentle. To be a winner, you have to act like a winner, ”he added.

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