Manchester City football club have say they are very disappointed after learning the club defender Benjamin Mendy breached Covid-19 rules by hosting a New Year’s Eve party.
Club spokesperson for the France international said the 26-year-old held a dinner party with guests from outside his household.which under the french covid-19 should never have happened
mixing of households indoors is banned under the UK government’s tier four restrictions.
Man City have said they would now conduct an internal investigation.
Man city though name Mendy on the bench for City’s Premier League game away to Chelsea on Sunday (16:30 GMT).
the player respezsntive have said some of the elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports [carried by newspapers earlier], and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation,” the club said in a statement.
“Ben accepts that this is a breach of Covid-19 protocols and is sorry for his actions in this matter. Ben has had a Covid test and is liaising with Manchester City about this.”
A spokesperson for Mendy said: “Benjamin and his partner allowed a chef and two friends of his partner to attend his property for a dinner party on New Year’s Eve.
Explaining why Mendy was in his matchday squad on Sunday, manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports: “First of all the club made a statement; second Benjamin already had Covid in the past – he’s been tested every day like all of us and he’s negative. He knows what he has done and he will learn in the future.”