Leicester release statement confirming Covid-19 breach after trio miss West Ham clash
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Maddison, Perez & Choudhury missing vs West Ham
Leicester of course faced off with Wets Ham a short time ago.
The Foxes, despite a late brace from the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho, were unable to secure any form of a positive result on Sunday, eventually losing the tie 3-2 after a very dominant opening hour or so from West Ham.
Leicester remained 3rd following the loss, but are now just a single point behind West Ham and are in danger of slipping out of the top-four come the end of the season.
Leicester’s defeat came with all of Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury omitted from their matchday squad.
When drawn on the trio’s absence pre-match, Brendan Rodgers gave very little away:
“They’re not available for this game, but they’ll join the group next week and be available for the semi-final.”
Leicester release Covid-19 statement
However, there were rumours spreading earlier in the day on social media that the trio had a house party and that played some role in their omission against the Hammers.
And now, a statement from Leicester has all but confirmed this.
A spokesperson confirmed that there had been a breach of Covid-19 protocols and though the statement did not specifically mention Perez, Maddison and Choudhury, it seemed fairly obviously that they have indeed been involved in the house party.
The Telegraph also report that the party was held at Perez’s house and that the players involved have not been fined.
“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 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 apologised for their poor judgement. Our response to the matter will be concluded internally.”
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 11, 2021