Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers caught first-team players including James Maddison breaching COVID-19 rules. Leicester players dropped for COVID-19 violation after they were found partying at their teammate’s home.
Ayoze Perez hosted the house party which was attended by James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury along with 18 other people. Rodgers was “bitterly disappointed” when he found his players flouting coronavirus protocols by attending a house party in a large group.
The Sun reports that the players asked the party-goers to ‘hide’ before turning off the lights to make it look like no one was home.
The Leicester manager stressed that some things are “bigger than football” and although he promised the trio would return for the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton next Sunday he had no regrets about leaving them out against West Ham.
“We’re a club that has a set of values. If we fall below that, then there is always a consequence,” said Rodgers adding “a punishment is needed otherwise players don’t learn”.
“There is no animosity, nothing like that, but we have a value to how we work on a daily basis and how we prepare for games. If anyone falls short of that, then we have to move on without them.”
“You have to respect what the nation is going through. We have to respect what our values are. It’s gone now and they’ll rejoin us next week. I was bitterly disappointed. But it’s a mistake. I won’t hold it against them.”
Leicester City’s statement on violation
“The club has made its expectations around adherence to Covid-19 protocols abundantly clear to all its personnel.”
“It is extremely disappointing, therefore, to learn of a breach that had the potential to undermine the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play. Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our team bubbles from being compromised.”
“We wholly 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 have apologized for their poor judgment.”
“Our response to the matter will be concluded internally.”
This season Maddison scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists in all competitions has been a key player for Leicester. Perez has netted three goals featuring in 27 games, while Choudhury has scored once in 20 games.
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